Published On: Mon, Jul 10th, 2017

Ariana Grande concert TERROR PLOT: Police arrest man 'planning attack on singer's gig'


Detectives in Costa Rica launched a manhunt on Saturday after threatening messages were posted in Arabic on a webpage of the concert organisers.

The following day, police raided an address in Tibas, near the capital San Jose, and arrested a 22-year-old from Colombia with the last names Caicedo Lopez.

Officers seized two mobile phones allegedly used to make the threats.

Costa Rican police were concerned about the copycat attack plot after the horrific bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22.

Salman Abedi, also 22, detonated a bomb in his backpack as concertgoers were leaving the Manchester Arena after the gig, killing 22 people and leaving at least 119 injured.

The incident was the deadliest attack on British soil since the 7/7 bombings in 2005 claimed the lives of 10 people under the age of 20, with the youngest just eight years old.

The manhunt in Costa Rica was led by the Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) and the raid was carried out by its Special Tactical Response Unit.

The director of the OIJ, Walter Espinoza, said: “The original threat was in the Arabic language and indicated that there could be a situation of danger or an attack at the concert. It was a very sensitive situation.”

Police launched the dawn raid after tracing the threats to the suspect’s home, who was described as having no police record in Costa Rica. 

The investigation was carried out jointly with the Department of Intelligence and National Security and the Ministry of Public Security.

Ariana Grande, 24, later performed for 14,000 fans as planned at the Parque Viva.

Organisers said in a statement: “The operation was carried out with total professionalism.”

On Saturday police carried out an emergency drill to check security arrangements at the park ahead of the concert, while all fans were searched as they passed through three rings of security.



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