British police make sixth arrest after Manchester bomb attack

One of the forces that supports the GNA posted a picture on its Facebook page of Hashem Abedi after detaining him.

A spokesman for Libya's counter-terror force said: "We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (Islamic State) with his brother".

Suicide bomber Abedi was born in Britain to a Libyan family, grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there. Bin Salem gave no further details.

Those arrests are on top of several in the United Kingdom with a man in Wigan is the latest to be arrested in the wake of the attack.

BRITISH security forces raided a building in central Manchester yesterday as they investigated "a network" of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing.

"If that's something that we did, I think that's a real problem", he said.

The senior Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant for him and eventually sought political asylum in Britain.

Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told a Polish radio station,"The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead". But Greater Manchester Police said it could not formally name the victims until forensic post-mortems were concluded, which could take four to five days.

Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.

Interior minister Amber Rudd said up to 3800 soldiers would be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties at places like Buckingham Palace and Downing Street to free up police to focus on patrols and investigatory work.

Twenty-two people were killed in the attack at Manchester Arena, following an Ariana Grande show.

Shows Thursday and Friday in London were cancelled, along with concerts through June 5 in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

There has been no word on the six-date tour of Australia and New Zealand scheduled for September. Concert promoter Live Nation said in a statement that ticket holders will get refunds.

  • Leroy Wright