Ariana Grande returns to U.S. following Manchester attack

Counter-terrorism officials are reportedly hunting for accomplices or others associated with Salman Abedi, who allegedly detonated an explosive at a concert in Manchester on May 22.

In her brief speech Tuesday, May said the police request for military support "is part of a well-established plan known as Operation Tempora, in which both the armed forces and the police officers involved are well-trained and well-prepared to work in this kind of environment". The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere.

A total of 22 people were killed and 59 others injured in a suicide terror attack at Manchester Arena Monday night.

Born to a devoutly Islamic Libyan family in Britain's third biggest city, newspapers said he was known to the security services and the Financial Times said he had turned to radical Islam in recent years.

ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the massacre, which officials say was carried out by Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Brit who died in the attack.

A student at the University of Manchester, who wanted to be known only as Miss Lim, said she nearly went to the Ariana Grande concert. Armed police were also seen on patrol outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot. "Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and very sadly lost their lives".

Officials are probing how often Abedi had travelled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

It did not name the bomber, which it usually does in attacks it has ordered, and appeared also to contradict a posting on another Islamic State account, Amaq, which spoke of "a group of attackers".

"It has now concluded, on the basis of today's investigations, that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical".

According to reports he has three siblings, a sister Jomana and two brothers Hashem and Ismail.

Charlotte Campbell said, "She's my baby".

"I can't imagine the fear and agony these parents must be going through searching for their kids", she wrote, including a heartbreaking emoji. Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery". When they left Manchester yesterday morning, the city was still on high alert, they said, but people had come together to help in whatever way they could.

Katz reported from London.

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