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Yesterday it was confirmed Monday night's Manchester suicide bomber was 22-year-old Manchester-born, Islamic extremist Salman Abedi, who detonated a device in the foyer of the concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena.

Among the first victims to be named following Monday night's attack at a concert by United States pop star Ariana Grande were eight-year-old Saffie Roussos from Leyland and teenagers Olivia Campbell, 15, from Bury and Georgina Callander from Chorley. The BBC reported that one of the men is Abedi's brother.

On Wednesday afternoon, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the level of activity in the probe is "intense" and continuing "at pace". "(The goal) is to make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate", said London Police Commander Jane Connors.

"The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large-scale, fast-moving and making good progress", Rowley said. They said they would formally name the victims after forensic post-mortems, which would take four or five days.

Police officers pass flowers laid by a cordon, close to Manchester Arena and Victoria Station in Manchester, northwest England on May 24, 2017, following the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the AP that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, which had links to al-Qaida. "In any case, [his] links with ISIS are proven".

Authorities in Manchester made three more arrests in connection with Monday's explosion.

"Yes, quite frankly. I mean the British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again".

When she announced the raising of the threat level on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May said a "wider group of individuals" could have been involved in the blast. Rudd said Britain's increased official threat level will remain at "critical" as the investigation proceeds and won't be lowered until security services are convinced there is no active plot in place.

A pupil at Tarleton Primary School her head teacher, Chris Upton, said she was "loved by everyone".

At least 12 victims aged 16 or under were being treated at a children's hospital for serious injuries, some of them fighting for their lives, a Manchester health official said.

Sources said the family are from Cheshire. Officials said all the dead and wounded had been identified.

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