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Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham lays flowers after a minute's silence in St Ann's Square, Manchester, to remember the victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham lays flowers after a minute's silence in St Ann's Square, Manchester, to remember the victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn observes a minute's silence with members of Islington Fire Brigade in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn observes a minute's silence with members of Islington Fire Brigade in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: People observe a minute silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester attack, on May 25, 2017 in  in Parliament Square, London, England. People around the country stopped at eleven o'clock to observe one minute of silence to remember the 22 people killed by the attack at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: People observe a minute silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester attack, on May 25, 2017 in in Parliament Square, London, England. People around the country stopped at eleven o'clock to observe one minute of silence to remember the 22 people killed by the attack at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  People sit in Parliament Square as a minute silence is held in memory of the victims of the Manchester attack, on May 25, 2017 in  in Parliament Square, London, England. People around the country stopped at eleven o'clock to observe one minute of silence to remember the 22 people killed by the attack at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: People sit in Parliament Square as a minute silence is held in memory of the victims of the Manchester attack, on May 25, 2017 in in Parliament Square, London, England. People around the country stopped at eleven o'clock to observe one minute of silence to remember the 22 people killed by the attack at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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People observe a minute's silence in St Ann's Square, Manchester, to remember the victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week.  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People observe a minute's silence in St Ann's Square, Manchester, to remember the victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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People stop to observe a minute's silence in St Ann's Square gathered around the tributes, in central Manchester, northwest England, on May 25, 2017, as a mark of respect to the victims of the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena.
Police said they arrested two men Thursday in the Manchester area in connection with the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande pop concert, while a detained woman was released without charges. Britain has raised its terror alert to the maximum level and ordered troops to protect strategic sites after 22 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Manchester pop concert. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

People stop to observe a minute's silence in St Ann's Square gathered around the tributes, in central Manchester, northwest England, on May 25, 2017, as a mark of respect to the victims of the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Police said they arrested two men Thursday in the Manchester area in connection with the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande pop concert, while a detained woman was released without charges. Britain has raised its terror alert to the maximum level and ordered troops to protect strategic sites after 22 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Manchester pop concert. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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People observe a minute's silence in St Ann's Square, Manchester, to remember the victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People observe a minute's silence in St Ann's Square, Manchester, to remember the victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack, on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show pause to observe a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on May 25, 2017 in London, England. 22 people, including children were killed and dozens injured in an suicide bomb attack during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22nd. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show pause to observe a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on May 25, 2017 in London, England. 22 people, including children were killed and dozens injured in an suicide bomb attack during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22nd. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show pause to observe a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on May 25, 2017 in London, England. 22 people, including children were killed and dozens injured in an suicide bomb attack during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22nd. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show pause to observe a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on May 25, 2017 in London, England. 22 people, including children were killed and dozens injured in an suicide bomb attack during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22nd. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show pause to observe a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on May 25, 2017 in London, England. 22 people, including children were killed and dozens injured in an suicide bomb attack during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22nd. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show pause to observe a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack on May 25, 2017 in London, England. 22 people, including children were killed and dozens injured in an suicide bomb attack during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22nd. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Residents of Lindum Stree, Moss Side observe a minutes silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester bomb attack on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Residents of Lindum Stree, Moss Side observe a minutes silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester bomb attack on May 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena on the evening of May 22 as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (third right back) joins fire fighters at Islington Fire Station, north London, as he observes a minute's silence to remember the victims of the Manchester terror attack. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (third right back) joins fire fighters at Islington Fire Station, north London, as he observes a minute's silence to remember the victims of the Manchester terror attack. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.  May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing. May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.  May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing. May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.  May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing. May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.  May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing. May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.  May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing. May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.  May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing. May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.  May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A moments silence is held at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing. May 25th 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Members of the public observe a national minute's silence in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Police fear the Manchester suicide bomber may have made a second bomb, after raids on his home uncovered a stash of chemical explosives, it has been reported.

Officers discovered evidence of a "working bomb factory" at Salman Abedi’s address, according to The Daily Telegraph, raising fears he may have distributed further explosive devices to other radical extremists.

It comes after The Independent revealed on Thursday police and security services had found bomb-making materials as they conducted raids across the country, which they feared could be primed for imminent attacks.

One suspect device was blown up in a controlled explosion and security sources said on Wednesday there was a real possibility other materials were yet to be found.

A security source told The Daily Telegraph: "The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can't rule that out."

The developments unfolded as police worked to establish Abedi’s final movements after it emerged he flew back to Britain via Turkey and Germany just four days before carrying out his attack.

German intelligence services said Abedi flew to the city via Istanbul and Düsseldorf, although questions remained over the 22-year-old’s previous location.

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Authorities identified Salman Abedi as the bomber who was responsible for Monday's explosion in Manchester. (AP)

Authorities identified Salman Abedi as the bomber who was responsible for Monday's explosion in Manchester. (AP)

Authorities identified Salman Abedi as the bomber who was responsible for Monday's explosion in Manchester. (AP)

France’s interior minister previously said Abedi had visited Libya “and then most likely gone to Syria”, although no concrete evidence has emerged to support the claim.

Analysts pointed out that Turkey is a frequent transit point for Isis fighters crossing the border to and from Syria by land.

Former Metropolitan Police officer, David Videcette said Abedi had likely spent months practising how to assemble the device while he was abroad.

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He told The Telegraph: "This is not something you can just put together by reading a book or watching a YouTube video. He will have spent time at a camp somewhere, possibly in Libya, being shown how to do it. But once you have the skills and the materials, assembling the device itself can be done fairly quickly."

The number of arrests in the UK rose to eight on Thursday as police continued to work to uncover a UK network of extremists working with Abedi.

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