Manchester Attack: Police Hunt 'Network' Behind Bomber

Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi had links to an Islamic State cell which operated in the city, and knew one of the terror group's most prolific recruiters, Sky News claimed today. He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.

"I spoke to [Salman Abedi] about five days ago. there was nothing wrong, everything was normal", Ramadan Abedi told Reuters, moments before he was arrested.

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

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, told reporters Wednesday he understands the concern about US leaks possibly harming the United Kingdom police operation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, February 6, 2017.

Abedi's 23-year-old brother Ismail was arrested in Manchester on Tuesday. Britain's interior minister said earlier that he had recently returned from Libya and had likely not acted alone. U.K.is criticizing USA officials for leaking sensitive information about the Manchester concert bombing.

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.

"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", she said.

Seven arrests have now been made in Britain and Libya as police scramble to close down a network around the Manchester suicide bomber, as details about the investigation were leaked to U.S. media, infuriating authorities who fear a second attack is imminent.

Many of those still hospitalized had serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery", Rouse said.

Officials said 984 soldiers were deployed Wednesday in London and in other locations. Rudd said she had complained to US officials to make sure the flow of information is staunched.

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