Secretary Rudd: 'ISIS is trying to weaponize the young people in our society'

After the Greater Manchester Police released a photo of Salman Abedi taken by street security cameras, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd discusses the possibility that other members of Abedi's terror network may still 'be at large.'
1,000 police have been deployed to British hotspots Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

According to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd, other members of the Manchester terror cell may “potentially” still be on the loose, and “we can’t be entirely sure that [the counter-terror operation] is closed.”

Rudd made those statements during an interview with BBC One, after pictures of Salman Abedi, the terrorist who carried out last week’s deadly attack, were released by the Greater Manchester Police. Rudd stated that although Abedi was in the past known to intelligence services “up to a point,” they are still collecting information about him and any of his associates.

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Aftermath of the Manchester arena terror attack Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

However, Rudd emphasized: “But I would not rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something…What this reminds us is the scale of the problem that we have, the enemy that we have, Daesh [ISIS] that is trying to weaponize the young people in our society.”

Salman Abedi, the night of the attack Photo Credit: Greater Manchester Police/Channel 2 News

As previously reported by JOL, the Greater Manchester Police released snapshots of Abedi from street security cameras on the night of the attack in which he can be seen wearing the backpack used to carry the bomb.



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