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Manchester Arena attack: Man arrested at airport in relation to 2017 suicide bombing at Ariana Grande concert

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A man has been arrested at an airport in connection with the terror attack at Manchester Arena in 2017.

The 24-year-old was arrested at Manchester Airport on suspicion of assisting or engaging in the preparation of acts of terrorism, Greater Manchester Police said.

The man, who is from the Fallowfield area of Manchester, was detained shortly after arriving back in the UK.

He remains in custody for questioning.

The senior investigating officer for the investigation, Simon Barraclough, said: "Greater Manchester Police remains firmly committed to establishing the truth surrounding the circumstances of the terror attack at the Manchester Arena - whether that is by supporting the on-going public inquiry or by continuing to pursue leads with regards to the criminal investigation.

"Over four years have passed since the atrocity took place but we are unwavering in our dedication to follow each line of enquiry available so that we can provide all those affected by the events at the arena with the answers they rightly deserve."

The man is understood not to be Ismail Abedi, the brother of bomber Salman Abedi, who has left the UK ahead of a scheduled appearance at the arena bombing inquiry this week.

Another brother, Hashem Abedi, was found guilty of murder in August 2020 and jailed for at least 55 years for his role in helping Salman plan the attack.

Twenty-two people died in the suicide bombing after an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May, 2017.

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