BREAKING: ‘Huge explosion’ heard as armed cops storm Manchester home as man, 25, arrested
Masked armed police with assault rifles and dogs have stormed a property in Moss Side – where a “fast moving”…
Pictures show a huge police presence near Quantock Close and Selworth Road, which has been sealed off.
The raid follows the arrest of a 25-year-old man in the Old Trafford area under the terrorism act – taking the total to 14.
Great Manchester Police confirmed anti-terror cops executed a warrant to enter the property at around 2pm and a search is currently on-going.
Shocked residents say they heard a loud bang believed to have been a controlled explosion to blow off the door, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Other eyewitnesses said they saw a screaming man being held on the floor at gunpoint man and police dogs “going wild”, the MEN reports.
A statement GMP said: “Today, Sunday 28 May 2017, officers investigating the attack at the Manchester Arena have executed a warrant at an address in Moss Side.
A search is currently on-going.”
GMP have been raiding properties across the city after the horrific suicide bombing that killed 22 people at Manchester Arena on Monday.
“Just heard a huge explosion in Manc, then 4 coppers have just screamed past with sirens blaring.”
Stuart Lee wrote: “Just heard a huge explosion in Manc, then 4 coppers have just screamed past with sirens blaring. Hope it’s not what I’m thinking #Manchester.”
Ahmed Malek wrote on Twitter: “Just been another controlled explosion and house raided in moss side Quantock Close near the school #manchesterattack.”
Nicky Harley wrote: “Screams from a man coming from house police have raided where reports of an explosion on Moss Side #manchesterattack.”
A GMP spokesman later revealed officers had searched two addresses in Cheetham Hill and one in the Longsight areas of Manchester.
Police had to carry out a controlled explosion to gain entry to an address.
Two “Libyan brothers”, aged 20 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of terror offences.
It is believed the two men taken away were in the same friendship group as Manchester bomber Salam Abedi, according to the Guardian.
Britain’s terror threat level was downgraded to severe on Saturday almost a week after the Manchester atrocity at an Ariana Grane concert.
Twelve men remain in custody, and two people have been released without charge.
In a statement, GMP said: “Officers have also arrested a 25-year-old man in the Old Trafford area on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act.
“As it stands 14 people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which two people have since been released without charge.
“A total of 12 men remain in custody for questioning.”