Investigators hunt for accomplices of Manchester Arena bomber

A senior European intelligence official said the attacker was a British citizen of Libyan descent.

Britain's threat level has been classified as "severe" since the summer of 2014, meaning the chance of an attack at any given time is highly likely.

"They've been dealing with a very high threat tempo", he said. The official said the suspect's brother has been taken into custody. Police raided two sites in the northern English city, setting off a controlled explosion in one, and arresting a 23-year-old man in a third location. The official threat level in Britain has since been raised to its highest point. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on ongoing investigations.

Police swooped on Abedi's address in Fallowfield, Manchester yesterday.

"It was so quick".

Western policy-makers will now have to consider whether the Manchester attack - if it was indeed carried out by IS - represents a violent death throe, or a signal that the group will carry on its campaign of terror even if it loses its territorial base in Iraq and Syria.

Details on Abedi were slow to trickle out.

A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. "I thought he worked in a takeaway or something" because of his late hours, Kinsey said.

Reports said that 22-year-old Abedi may have travelled to Manchester by train from London raising the possibility the device was assembled in the capital. I love you Martyn.

The Palace of Westminster has been closed to the public following police advice, and will not re-open until further notice, its website said. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and other locations.

"She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly".

The performance comes a day after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city killed 22 people and wounded dozens more. She wrote, "broken, from the bottom of my heart I am so, so sorry".

The American pop singer's next two concerts are scheduled for Thursday and Friday night at London's 02 Arena. It scattered bolts and other metal scraps, apparently meant to maximize the bloodshed. A trio of suicide bombers who simultaneously targeted soccer spectators at the Stade de France killed one passerby in addition to themselves.

"There was this massive bang". "Just played Manchester. insane. really don't have words".

An eight-year-old and a teenager have already been named as victims. "As we came outside to Victoria Station, there were just people all over the floor covered in blood". "They hugged for a while before they headed to a waiting auto".

"We will do all we can to protect the Capital that we serve at this unsettling time", said Commander Jane Connors, who leads the London policing operation.

Olivia was one of those unaccounted for following the attack, and her family had made a desperate appeal for information about what had happened to the 15-year-old.

"She's not turned up", Campbell said of her daughter.

"Many of you won't have been to Manchester, but you will definitely have heard of it", he told U.S. viewers.

Witold Waszczykowski said Wednesday the couple came to collect their daughters from the Ariana Grande concert Monday night. "What should have been a superb evening", Lunt said, "is now just disgusting".

Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families. The friend has undergone surgery to treat injuries from the bombing.

Queen Elizabeth held a minute's silence at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London.

Around 16,000 Libyans live in Britain and Manchester is home to the largest community, according to the BBC.

It's being called the deadliest attack in England since the 2005 suicide bombings in London.

On Tuesday, the radical Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, crediting "a soldier of the [caliphate]" with having successfully hit a gathering of "crusaders" at the "shameless" concert.

After the terror, there was comfort on the streets of Manchester.

It also brings to mind the teams of terrorists who killed 130 people across Paris in November 2015, including 89 at the Bataclan theater during a concert.

  • Arturo Norris