Britain raises terror level after concert attack

A brother of the Manchester bomber knew of his plans and has been arrested in Libya, according to the country's security forces.

Salman Abedi killed 22 people when he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Tuesday night.

Operation Temperer could see as many as 5,000 soldiers take part in guarding duties, as railway stations, airports and other sensitive locations such as music concerts and sports events. Some of the 22 people who died in the attack were teens or young girls.

Mohammed Saeed El-Saeiti, the imam at the Didsbury Mosque, remembers Abedi as an risky extremist, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reports.

The 18-year-old Tweeted on Sunday that she was "so excited" to see Ariana Grande in concert.

Police have since identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. The traditional ceremony is a major tourist attraction in London.

Manchester, meanwhile, has been in shock but also stood defiant. The military will be deployed alongside the police to ensure safety.

The US official said Abedi's bomb was "big and sophisticated", using materials hard to obtain in Britain - meaning "it's nearly impossible to see he didn't have help" while targeting the 20,000 strong crowd, the NBC report said.

Police on Tuesday raided his house, using a controlled explosion to blast down the door.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 02:30 by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.

A man who murdered children.

"I'm going to find her", Hodgson said earlier. "I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this awful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured".

May was speaking after she chaired the second meeting of the day of Britain's top-level security committee known as Cobra. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to ISIS or other extremist groups.

Theresa May announced the threat level of the Manchester attack has increased from severe to critical, meaning "another attack may be imminent". Twelve children under the age of 16 were among the 59 injured, a British ambulance official told The Associated Press.

"Rudd said she wouldn't "go that far" to say the leaks had compromised the investigation".

  • Carolyn Briggs