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Manchester Bombing Latest News: Police Investigating Terror 'Network' As Officer Named Among Victims

Things are fast moving, but this is what we know so far.

24/05/2017 13:46 BST | Updated 25/05/2017 08:55 BST
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A controlled explosion was used to gain entry to a property in Manchester city centre on Wednesday

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Police are hunting a “network” of terrorists connected to Monday’s horrific attack on a music concert in Manchester.

The city’s Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told a press conference on Wednesday that officers were pursuing lines of inquiry which suggested bomber Salman Abedi did not act alone.

“It’s a network we’re investigating,” he said.

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Ch Con Ian Hopkins said his officers were investigating a terror 'network' after Monday's attack

He confirmed the investigation is continuing at a fast pace and that a controlled explosion was earlier used to enter a property in Manchester city centre. That operation closed a main train line.

Hopkins added there were no plans for military personnel to patrol Manchester’s streets, despite their visual presence at several UK landmarks.

And asked twice by reporters if police were searching for a “bomb factory” or “bomb maker”, Hopkins said only that the investigation was continuing.

The developments came amid fast moving events in the investigation into Monday evening’s attack, which has led to an increase in the UK terror threat level.

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