Police believe that they have found the bomb factory flat where the explosives detonated by Manchester bomber Salman Abedi were made following a tip off from the landlord.
The high-rise block within which it is believed that the device responsible for the deaths of 22 people was created has been raided by officers. The 22-year old suicide bomber sub-let a 12th floor council flat in Somerton Court, in the Blackley area of Manchester.
Abedi’s landlord contacted the police after recognising the name of the bomber when it was released on the news. Officers involved with the terror investigation raided the flat last Wednesday evening accompanied by armed police.
The landlord described a strong scent of chemicals left behind by his tenant. The fire alarms in the property had also been deactivated, according to the Daily Mail. Abedi had let the property for the weeks prior to the attack, moving out last month.
Following the bombing, a total of 13 arrests have been made in relation to the Manchester attacks. Two men aged 20 and 22 were arrested by police on suspicion of terror offences in connection with the Manchester bombing over the weekend, whilst another man, aged 44, was arrested in Rusholme on suspicion of terrorism offences linked to the attack.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of Greater Manchester Police said: ‘It has been a challenging week and we are still in the middle of a live investigation. Eight people are in custody aged between 18 and 38. There are still 12 locations that are being searched and activity will continue throughout the weekend. The cordon remains around Manchester Arena. We have hundreds of officers that are working on this investigation from across the national counter terrorism policing network and we have seized thousands of exhibits that are now being assessed.’