Counter-terror police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have carried out fresh raids today amid fears the attacker might have built a second device that is now in the hands of fellow jihadists.
Early-hours searches were launched at a Manchester barbershop and a takeaway on Merseyside, with one man arrested in the Moss Side area on Friday morning.
Officers who earlier raided terrorist Salman Abedi’s home discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components.
Security sources now believe he assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists.
A security source told the Telegraph: “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out.”
Eight men are in custody in connection with Monday’s atrocity, which killed 22 people – including seven children – and left police and security agencies working at pace amid fears of further attacks.