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LONDON - Britain's MI5 is to hold an inquiry into how it dealt with public warnings that the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi posed a potential threat, the BBC reported on Monday.
MI5 was alerted to Abedi's extremist views at least three times, the BBC said.
It is highly unusual for British authorities to make public that the security service is conducting an internal investigation into possible lapses.
Interior Minister Amber Rudd told Sky News that this was a "right first step" for MI5 to take in the wake of the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.
The security service will examine assumptions that were made about Abedi before the attack, and has launched a "post-incident investigation" into how the bomber was overlooked, the BBC said.