While the families of 22 concertgoers mourn the loss of their loved ones and 66 people battle to recover from their injuries after a suicide bomber targeted children and families at a concert in Manchester, UK, there is some incredible news coming out of the investigation.
Too often in recent terrorist attacks, we learn that the perpetrator was a “lone wolf,” inspired by radical Islamic terrorism but having no direct connection to a larger ISIS or Al Qaeda network. Those types of attacks can seem more frightening because it can be harder to catch just one guy before an attack as opposed to an entire group of people.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case with 22-year-old deceased bomber Salman Abedi, who set off the nail bomb Monday night at Manchester Arena. Authorities in Britain and abroad have now made numerous arrests in connection to the attack, including Salman’s father, brother and cousins.
"They are very significant, these arrests," said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who has been working to root out Salman’s terror network, according to Sky News.
"We are very happy we've got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about, but there's still a little bit more to do,” he added.
Aside from many of these arrests involving the same family, a lot of them are occurring in the same neighborhood, a hotbed of exiled members of the Al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, according to what a former security official in Libya told Fox News.
Just days since the attack, investigators are working with amazing speed and efficiency as they root out a terror cell capable of doing far more damage than the Manchester Arena bombing. These counter-terror individuals are potentially saving thousands of lives by treating this attack with the utmost seriousness.
We applaud their efforts. Please pray for their safety and effectiveness as they root out terrorism. Conservatives in America hope this will be a signal to Europe to battle the threat of radical Islamic terrorism with due diligence and preserve the ability of the free world to remain free.
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