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Manchester Bombings: 14th suspect apprehended, Bombing Investigation Continues

The bombing after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 killed 22 people, some of them children. More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care.

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Salman Abedi, the man police say was behind the Manchester bombing, is seen in this image taken from CCTV on the night he committed the attack in this handout photo released to Reuters on May 27. RFA

Manchester, May 28, 2017: -British police investigating the deadly terror attack in Manchester say they have made another arrest as they continue their efforts to capture the suspected network of which they believe suicide bomber Salman Abedi had been a part.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Twitter on May 28 that they had arrested a 25-year-old man “on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act.”

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The arrest brings the total number of suspects apprehended over the bombing to 14, including Abedi’s elder brother, Ismail. Two have since been released without charge, while 12 men remain in custody for questioning.

Asked during a BBC interview on May 28 whether some of the group members were still at large, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Potentially. It is an ongoing operation.”

The bombing after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 killed 22 people, some of them children. More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care.

Rudd said that intelligence agencies were monitoring 3,000 suspected extremists and had a wider pool of 20,000 people of interest.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the national terror threat level had been reduced from “critical” to “severe” and that military troops would stop patrolling Britain’s streets but that the public “should remain vigilant.”

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Extra armed officers will be on duty across the country with security stepped up at some 1,300 events over the long holiday weekend.

The Times newspaper reported on May 27 that some “23,000 jihadist extremists” living in Britain had been identified by intelligence officers. (RFA)

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Saudi Arabia to Cooperate with India in Combating Terrorism

Prince Salman said Wednesday that there were potential opportunities for investment of $ 100 billion in India.

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, Feb. 20, 2019. VOA

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in New Delhi that terrorism is a common concern and his country would cooperate with India in combating terrorism and extremism.

On a visit to New Delhi, Prince Salman said Wednesday that there were potential opportunities for investment of $ 100 billion in India.

His trip to New Delhi has coincided with spiraling tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of a terror attack that killed 40 paramilitaries in Indian Kashmir.

Prince Salman’s meetings with Indian leaders came two days after he went to Pakistan. He did not mention the attack on Indian soldiers, but at a joint press appearance with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi he said “we reaffirm to India that we are ready to work in the intelligence sharing and political arenas to coordinate our efforts on terrorism.”

Referring to the recent “barbaric” attack in Kashmir, Modi said that the two countries had agreed that “it is extremely important to increase all possible pressure on countries supporting terrorism in any way.” The Indian leader said that destroying the infrastructure of terrorism, and punishing terrorists and their supporters is necessary.

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The two countries signed five agreements in the areas of investment, tourism, housing and communications. Wikimedia

New Delhi, which accuses Pakistan of giving sanctuary to terror groups that carry out strikes in India, is trying to build diplomatic pressure against Islamabad. It gave Prince Salman a warm welcome with Modi breaking protocol to receive him personally at the airport on Tuesday.

The Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, who also was warmly welcomed in Pakistan, had pledged investment deals worth $ 20 billion during his Islamabad visit.

Modi said that India and Saudi Arabia had agreed to to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism, naval and cyber security.

As both leaders hailed deepening ties, they also sounded an optimistic note on building business and trade ties. The Saudi Crown Prince, who came to New Delhi with a large business delegation, said that Riyadh had invested $44 billion in India since 2016. He said that there were opportunities for investment of $ 100 billion in India in areas such as energy, agriculture and technology.

Two-way trade totaled over $ 27 billion last year. Saudi Arabia is a top supplier of oil to India, which is one of the world’s largest oil importers and provides about one fifth of its crude.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center left, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center right, witness the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Petroleum, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2019. VOA

The two countries signed five agreements in the areas of investment, tourism, housing and communications.

Prince Salman said that his visit to India will improve centuries-old ties between the countries, which he said are “in our DNA.” Ties between the two countries have been on an upswing since Modi visited Riyadh in 2016 as part of efforts to strengthen ties with Middle East countries.

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The Saudi crown prince is on his first major overseas tour since the storm over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. He is expected to visit China after India. (VOA)