Police warn to keep on lookout after Manchester attack

By: Kayla Dimick | C&G Newspapers | Published May 30, 2017

Following a deadly attack at concert in Manchester, England, May 22, local law enforcement officials are asking residents to stay alert during summer celebrations.

Police recently identified British-born suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, as the person responsible for killing at least 22 people and injuring 59 during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Those among the killed and injured are children, police said.

As people were leaving the concert around 10:33 p.m. they heard loud explosions outside the arena. Images first published by the New York Times show what remains of a backpack Abedi reportedly used to carry a bomb used in the attack.

Following the attack, new details about Abedi emerged, including alleged links to terror groups and his reported travel to Libya with a younger brother.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins reportedly said that police are investigating a network tied to the attack. Six men have reportedly been arrested in connection with the attack.

Although there were no known threats to Michigan at press time, Michigan State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Michael Shaw is asking Michiganders to keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior or activity, notifying law enforcement immediately.

On May 25, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Michael Bouchard sent out a bulletin to remind residents to stay vigilant over the Memorial Day weekend in the wake of the attack.

“While there are no specific threats for the metro Detroit region, it is important for everyone to understand that an attack may happen anywhere at any time,” Bouchard said in a news release. He said police want people to enjoy themselves, “but to always remember to be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity immediately. Please — if you see something, say something.”

Bouchard said in the release that residents are encouraged to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

Following a March 2016 Brussels terror attack, which killed 30 people and injured more than 230 people, Lt. Michael Shaw, of the Michigan State Police, offered tips on how residents can remain aware of their surroundings.

Shaw said previously that in addition to remembering where you are at all times and locating the nearest exits, residents should also be wary of indicators of suspicious activity, such as:

  • An unattended object or one that appears out of place, especially in crowded or public areas.
  • Individuals exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior.
  • Someone entering or exiting blocked or unauthorized areas.
  • Individuals who quickly leave when seen or approached.
  • A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle.
  • Someone tampering with or interfering with surveillance cameras.
  • A vehicle that seems out of place.
  • Someone taking photos, videos or drawings of high-profile or highly populated buildings or structures.
  • Exposed wiring or other abnormalities.

If people witness anything suspicious, Shaw said, they should immediately call 911 in an emergency. For nonemergencies, Shaw said, suspicious activity can be reported to the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center at 1-855-MICH-TIP — (855) 642-4847 — at www.michigan.gov/michtip, or by contacting law enforcement directly. For more information about spotting suspicious activity, go to www.michigan.gov/miready.

Call Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at (586) 279-1108.