Amber Rudd the home secretary has said that other members of Salman Abedi’s terror network “potentially” could still be out there and “we can’t be entirely sure that it is closed.”
Rudd said on the BBC1’s Andrew Marr’s show: “It’s an ongoing operation, there are 11 people in custody, the operation is still at full tilt, in a way.”
“Until the operation is complete, we can’t be entirely sure that it is closed.”
She further said that IS who are also known as Daesh are trying to “weaponise the young people” in Britain and defended the work of the British security services.
Abedi was a former “subject of interest” to the security service and she added: “The intelligence services are still collecting information about him and about the people around him.”
“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, that is trying to weaponise the young people in our society.”
Rudd added: What this reminds us is the scale of the problem that we have, the enemy that we have, Daesh (Islamic State) that is trying to weaponise the young people in our society.
Rudd spoke out after a parent whose child is a victim said the government needs to “open its eyes” at the terror threat.
The family of Georgina Callander said in a statement released through Greater Manchester Police: “I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our Government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow.”