Terror alert at Manchester college as Army rush to site with armed police closing off major roads across city

The Army have been called to a college in Manchester as armed police close off major roads in the city.

Pictures show armed police closing off roads in the city with reports of officers shouting “take cover” at residents.

Up to 10 officers were seen entering Castlefield Campus in Hulme, just after 10am this morning.

Witnesses said the Army and bomb disposal experts were also on the scene, on the border of Manchester and Trafford.

Greater Manchester Police said Linby Street, Jackson Street, and Mancunian Way had been closed.

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Armed police are heading to a college in Manchester

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A number of roads have been closed as police attend the college

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A statement read: “We are responding to a call at a college in Trafford. The following roads are currently closed – Mancunian Way, Linby Street and Jackson Street.

“Officers are in attendance and we are currently assessing the situation. Please be aware the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) have now arrived on site.”

A police helicopter can also be seen hovering overhead.

Castlefield Campus’s website states it caters for “young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.”

The school is made up of year 10 and 11 students from both Meade Hill School, in Blackley, and Southern Cross School, in Chorlton.

Police in Manchester are currently hunting an ‘ISIS cell’ after bomber Salman Abedi blew himself to pieces at the city’s arena, killing 22.

Officers believe the 22-year-old suicide bomber was part of a bigger terrorist network, with potential ties to Syria, Libya or elsewhere.

It is claimed he had links to an Islamic State cell that operated within Manchester, with fears this may have radicalised and inspired him.

Mancunian Way, Limby Street and Jackson Street have bee closed

A number of raids have taken place across the city since the terror attack which left 22 people dead

A smoke cloud was seen rising in the city

The tightly packed terraced streets around Abedi’s home have produced a network of jihadists willing to die for their twisted cause.

At least 17 extremists now dead in Syria or Iraq, or in custody, have emerged from Manchester’s close-knit communities of Fallowfield and Moss Side – once notorious for tit-for-tat gang turf wars.

As detectives try to establish whether Abedi was aided by other jihadists in the area, some are drawing parallels with the Molenbeek suburb of Brussels, Belgium.

There, four terrorists involved in the Bataclan massacre in Paris, including all­­eged mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, grew up and plotted their atrocities.

Like Moss Side, it is seen by some as an area in which impressionable unemployed young men are easy prey for hate preachers recruiting for Islamic State.

The Mirror previously revealed how cops were looking at Abedi’s links to known ISIS recruiter Raphael Hostey, from Manchester.

The bomber is believed to have been a family friend of Hostey, who persuaded hundreds of Brits to fight for ISIS in Syria.