Fresh arrests in Manchester bomb investigation

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said he had spoken to the United States ambassador about the unauthorised release of Abedi's name, which he said was "not acceptable".

Sixty four people were still hospitalized two days after the blast, Jon Rouse, of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will confront U.S. President Donald Trump over leaks of intelligence about a suicide bomb attack in Manchester at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday, the Guardian newspaper said.

Police are trying to establish if bomber Salman Abedi acted alone or whether there could be a risk of further attacks.

"It was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we've seen before, and it seems likely - possible - that he wasn't doing this on his own", Rudd said.

European Union security commissioner Julian King said in March that about 850 Britons had traveled to fight in Syria, of whom only a quarter remained "in theater".

"Her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly", he said.

Security throughout Britain has been beefed up in the wake of Monday night's bombing.

Rouse added many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery".

Officials are examining his trips to Libya.

Home secretary Amber Rudd expressed London's irritation over some U.S. officials leaking the identity of Salman Abedi, the suspect, hours before the name was released by the police on Tuesday evening.

She said on Wednesday interviews on radio and television that London wanted to control the flow of information to "keep the element of surprise", and had been very clear with Washington "that it should not happen again".

The UK Independence Party was the first party to announce it would resume campaigning. British soldiers have been deployed in place of police officers to guard high-profile sites such as Buckingham Palace and Parliament.

She said the Americans had not compromised the Manchester investigation and that the Trump administration is "perfectly clear about the situation".

British officials have not commented on whether Abedi had links to Islamic State or other extremist groups.

Attacks in cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have shocked Europeans already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration and pockets of domestic Islamic radicalism.

Manchester was the latest in a series of deadly incidents across Europe claimed by IS jihadists that have coincided with an offensive on the group's redoubts in Syria and Iraq carried out by US, British and other Western forces.

  • Leroy Wright