Concert bomber's brother arrested for suspected ties to ISIS
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 8:17
Interior minister Amber Rudd said Salman Abedi had likely not acted alone, and troops were being deployed to key sites across Britain to help prevent further attacks after the official threat level was raised to "critical".
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said British Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of raising the threat level to its highest at "critical" will provide the force with additional resources to conduct their investigations.
Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland in Lancashire, northwest England, is the youngest victim among those named so far.
Miss Callander had already met Grande and previously posted a photograph of herself with the 23-year-old singer, taken in 2015, on her Instagram account.
Meanwhile, the suicide attack also prompted May to postpone her general election campaigning, as flags in official places were flown at half mast.
Among those taken into custody in Libya were the suspected bomber's father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terror authorities said.
"Three men have been arrested after police executed warrants in South Manchester in connection with the ongoing investigation into Monday night's horrific attack at the Manchester Arena", a Greater Manchester Police statement said.
"I am sure that we will get more information about him over the next few days and the next few weeks". The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere.
Rudd was asked about the fact that lots of information about Abedi, including his name, had come out from the United States and whether she would look again at information sharing with other countries.
Greater Manchester Police say Abedi - a British national whose father, Ramadan, comes from Libya - was part of a wider terror network.
The bomb, detonated at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Monday night, left 22 people dead and 64 people injured. "This is not us", Mr Abedi senior told AP from Tripoli. The singer has since flown back to the USA and officials have said there remains uncertainty over whether two of her other planned concerts at London's O2 Arena on Thursday and Friday would go ahead.
Jane Tweddle, 51, a school receptionist, was waiting for a friend's daughter when the blast happened, her friend Mark Taylor told BBC radio.
The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was cancelled Wednesday so police officers can be re-deployed, Britain's defense ministry said.
Abedi was a student at University of Salford in Manchester, where he was studying business and management and though enrolled in the current academic year he had not been attending classes.