Father of Manchester bomber says he didn't expect attack

British investigators are hunting for potential conspirators linked to the bombing that killed 22 people in a search that is exploring the possibility that the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacks was also to blame for the Manchester Arena attack, two officials familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a woman, whose identify was not immediately known, became the sixth person to be arrested by police in connection with the Monday night's attack at a pop concert, the deadliest terror attack in Britain since the 2005 London bombings, as police said they were investigating a "network".

Police have named Salman Abedi, a British-born national of Libyan descent, as the bomber in the attack on Manchester Arena, which killed at least 22 people, including children.

There has been considerable police activity around Manchester since the bombing.

It is believed that Abedi had visited the country as recently as this week, and that he may have been used as a "mule" to deliver a device built by someone else, according to the BBC, which cited anonymous intelligence sources. "This is not us", the elder Abedi told the AP by telephone.

But, she added, "I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".

Asked if the USA authorities had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far".

Authorities say 22 people died and almost 120 were wounded in the bombing.

The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said.

A local imam, Mohammed Saeed, told British newspapers Abedi stopped attending his mosque in 2015 after they argued over IS.

Four men have been arrested in South Manchester in connection with the terrorist attack on Monday, as Britain remains on critical alert amid fears suicide bomber Salman Abedi did not act alone.

Five people have been arrested in the United Kingdom since Monday night, including Abedi's older brother, Ismael, who was detained in Chorlton, south Manchester, on Tuesday. May said all military personnel deployed on the streets would remain under the command of police officers. On the page, many others in the community anxious that Libyans would no longer be issued visas to the UK. As of Wednesday morning, police say, they've identified all victims who lost their lives and contacted all of the families involved.

"I would expect this to be temporary but we will keep a close eye to see how long we need them for and when it's appropriate we end Operation Temperer and go back to our different levels", Rudd said.

Hopkins confirmed that a serving police officer had also died.

The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a draw for tourists, was canceled because it requires support from police officers, which authorities decided was not a good use of police resources given the threat level.

Callimachi's sources told her he went to Turkey.

Abedi was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester. The group often claims responsibility in the wake of attacks.

A string of details about the deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena have emerged from USA law enforcement sources before being released by British police or officials. The victims include a Polish couple who were at the venue to collect their daughter attending the sell-out concert by USA pop singer Ariana Grande. His youngest victim was just eight years old.

Chris Upton, the head teacher at the Tarleton Community Primary School, described her as "simply a attractive little girl" who was "quiet and unassuming with a creative flair".

Two Polish parents were also killed while collecting their daughters from the venue, the Polish ministry of foreign affairs has said.

  • Zachary Reyes