Police ask for public’s help as new images of bomber released

Salman Abedi carrying a distinctive blue suitcase before he carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack
Salman Abedi carrying a distinctive blue suitcase before he carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack

Police have released new CCTV images of the Manchester bomber and are asking for the public’s help in piecing together what happened in the lead-up to the atrocity at the Manchester Arena last Monday in which terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people.

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, Head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “We are continuing to make significant progress in our investigation into the tragic events of the night of Monday, May 22 at the Manchester Arena.

“We are still working to track the movements of Salman Abedi and have already released a number of images of him, in the hope that they will jog people’s memories. Today, we are releasing further images of Abedi, so I would ask you to look closely at them and contact us if you saw him.

“We know that Abedi left the country on April 15 and arrived back on May 18 and we now know from our enquiries that he purchased parts for the bomb after arriving back.

“What we still need to understand is if he had any of the bomb parts in his possession before he went out of the country, this is why we are tracking his movements so carefully.

“We have made a lot of progress in this with the use of CCTV and have received some really helpful calls from the public. This has led us to the Banff Road area in Rusholme.

Salman Abedi using a cashpoint (left) before he carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack

Salman Abedi using a cashpoint (left) before he carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack

“We have had police officers conducting house to house enquiries but we are still not satisfied why Abedi went there and its vital we understand exactly where he went there and who he spoke to in these final days before the attack.

“We need the public’s help in this. If you have previously called and have information, I would urge you to call again. We need your help as we piece together what happened in the lead up to the attack and if Abedi was helped by anyone.

“Did you see Abedi in the Rusholme area between May 18 and 22.

“Do you have any information about his movements on these dates?

“You may think it’s insignificant, but it could be a key piece of information to assist us.

“We need your help as we piece together what happened in the lead up to the attack and if Abedi was helped by anyone.”

Anyone with information should call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline in confidence on 0800 789321.

If you have any images or footage that you believe can assist us then upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com.