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Manchester bomber 'spoke to his parents before attack'

Salman Abedi carried out the attack that killed 22 people in Manchester

Salman Abedi, the man who carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack, spoke to his parents shortly before carrying out the attack, ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo has learned.

Abedi's parents are said to have told Libyan investigators they spoke to their son 15-20 minutes before Monday's suicide bombing.

Twenty-two people were killed and 64 injured - 20 critically - in the attack after a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.


Manchester attack: Eight in custody following two more arrests

Police in Manchester have arrested two men in relation to the terror attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening, bringing the total number of people in UK custody to eight.

One of the arrests was made after officers from Greater Manchester Police searched an address in the Withington area of the city on Thursday morning.

Good Morning Britain Correspondent Juliet Dunlop said: "It's becoming ever more clear this is a highly complex, fast-moving police investigation.

"In the last 48 hours a string of arrests have been made [and] a controlled explosion carried out [in Moss Side, Manchester]."

Police carry out controlled explosion in Manchester

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Police searching an address in the Moss Side area of Manchester have carried out a controlled explosion.

Locals reported hearing a "loud bang" in the area south of the city centre at around 1.45am on Thursday.

The explosion was heard in the neighbouring areas of Rusholme and Fallowfield.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed the explosion was linked to Monday's terror attack at the Manchester Arena and said: "This is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage."

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