Three Malaysians quizzed by Manchester police

KUALA LUMPUR • Three Malaysian students have been questioned by Greater Manchester police, a week after a suicide bombing at a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande killed 22 people.

Malaysia's foreign ministry said in a statement yesterday evening that the trio were detained by police at 5.40pm on Monday for questioning. "All three students were later released at 9pm. The Ministry wishes to advise the public to remain vigilant and follow the instructions by the local authorities," it said in a statement.

The statement did not say why the students were questioned, or gave any other details.

British police had said on Monday that 16 have been arrested in connection with the attack, and 14 remain in custody. It warned of a "network" that likely supported the bomber, members of which are believed to be still at large.

Six Malaysian students managed to leave the concert held at the Manchester Arena on May 22 safely, according to the Malaysian High Commission in Britain.

There are reportedly 1,303 Malaysian students in Manchester.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shannon Teoh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2017, with the headline 'Three Malaysians quizzed by Manchester police'. Print Edition | Subscribe