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Surveillance photos of the Manchester concert bomber before the attack are released

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UPDATE May 27 at 5:25 p.m. EST:

British police on Saturday released surveillance-camera images of the Manchester concert bomber from the night of the attack, according to the Associated Press.

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This is a handout photo taken from CCTV and issued on Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Greater Manchester Police who have altered the surrounding area of Salman Abedi, in an unknown location on the night of the attack on Manchester Arena. The police released surveillance-camera images of the bomber on the night of the May attack as they appealed for information about his final days. (Greater Manchester Police via AP)

Greater Manchester Police have altered the surrounding area of Salman Abedi in an unknown location on the night of the attack. 

ORIGINAL STORY: After making almost a dozen arrests in connection with the Manhester concert bombing last Monday night, British authorities have said they've made substantial progress in unraveling the plot behind the attack, leading them to lowering the threat level a notch from "critical" to "severe," according to the Associated Press.

In the aftermath of the attack that killed 22 and insured dozens, Prime Minister Theresa May heightened security to the "critical," meaning another attack could be "imminent." The heightened status mean that armed soldiers could be deployed instead of police at public events.

On Saturday, May attributed the lowered threat level to "a significant amount of police activity" and several arrests. She still urged Brits to remain vigilant and said soldiers would still remain at high-profile sites throughout the holiday weekend.

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The troops, according to May, are expected to be gradually withdrawn beginning Monday.

Unlike a "critical" threat level, a "severe" level means an attack is "highly likely," not "imminent."

Until it was raised last Tuesday following the attack, it had stayed at "severe" since mid-2014.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism police officer, said officials have dismantled a "large part" of Salman Abedi's father, but admitted that there were still "gaps in our understanding" of the plot. Investigators continue to probe Abedi's potential links to jihadis in Britain, Europe, Libya and the Middle East.

He said the investigation has made "rapid progress," and police "are getting a greater understanding of the preparation of the bomb."

There is still much more to do. There will be more arrests and there will be more searches
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley

There is still much more to do. There will be more arrests and there will be more searches

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