Father, brother of Manchester bomber arrested in Libya

Libyan counter-terrorist officers in Tripoli arrested Salman Abedi's brother, 18-year-old Hashim Abedi, and said the teenager had confessed that both he and his brother were a part of the Islamic State (IS) group. Bin Salem gave no further details.

Police in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, arrested a brother of Abedi and his father.

Police have named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena at the end of Monday's concert by U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande.

Queen Elizabeth II, meanwhile, visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the bombing victims, their families and the medical staff treating them.

The relative said Salman had travelled to Manchester from Libya four days before the bombing.

A total of 900 soldiers have been deployed across the country.

The 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters.

Officials are examining Salman Abedi's trips to Libya and possibly Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere.

Abedi, who was reportedly born in the U.K.to Libyan parents, is believed to have traveled to Libya recently, according to multiple media outlets that cite USA officials with knowledge of the investigation.

One of the men arrested in the United Kingdom was identified by Abedi's father as another son, 23-year-old Ismail. The building, Granby House, is popular with students and young professionals.

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

Across London, troops fanned out and authorities reconsidered security plans. The traditional ceremony is a major tourist attraction in London.

British Army soldiers are led by a police officer into Buckingham Palace in central London on May 24, 2017.

Chelsea Football Club have cancelled their Premier League victory parade, due to take place in London on Sunday. Neighbors recalled him as a tall, thin silent young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress.

TRT World's Jon Brain reports on the latest from Manchester.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m.by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.

The row - which goes to the heart of the close intelligence-sharing relationship between the two allies - provides an awkward backdrop to Prime Minister Theresa May's meeting with US President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Ramadan Abedi fled to the U.K.in the early 1990s to escape the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to The Guardian.

ISIS has issued a claim of responsibility for the bombing, but the level of the terrorist group's involvement isn't known.

May said last night that it had been concluded "that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical".

"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", she said.

The tour was suspended to "further assess the situation and pay our proper respects" to the 22 dead and dozens injured in Monday's suicide attack in the northern England town. Officials say 20 of them are being treated for critical injuries.

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