British police name Manchester attacker as Salman Abedi

British police have named the Manchester attacker. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP London, United Kingdom May 23, 2017, 04.38 PM (IST)

British police on Tuesday named the suspected attacker behind the Manchester concert bombing that killed 22 people as Salman Abedi, but declined to give any further details.

The 22-year-old "has not yet been formally identified and I wouldn't wish, therefore, to comment further", said Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police force.

"The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network," he added.



The death toll in the Manchester blast has gone up to 22 with at least 59 people injured. Police believe that it was a lone wolf who detonated himself at the entry point of the arena. Islamic State has said it orchestrated the attack (WION)