Manchester bomber 'likely' had help, recently returned from Libya

Britain's national terror threat level was raised late Tuesday to "critical", meaning another attack may be imminent, following the attack on the concert of U.S. singer Ariana Grande.

This morning British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was a possibility Abedi was part of a wider network and said the country's terror alert level was being upgraded to "critical".

The man police have identified as the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured 64 at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22 had returned from Libya just days before the attack.

Armed police patrol on Shudehill walking past the first floral tributes to the victims of the terrorist attack on Shudehill, May 23, 2017 in Manchester.

Grande had not been seen publicly since an explosion ripped through the packed Manchester Arena at the end of her performance there.

Besides the dead, the number of people who sought medical help after the attack was raised to 119.

The bomb used shrapnel created to cut and kill, but was crudely designed and investigators are determining whether it was homemade, according to US law enforcement officials briefed on the British investigation.

Campaigning for Britain's June 8 national election was suspended in the aftermath of the attack, the deadliest in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on subway trains and a bus in July 2005.

Citing CCTV footage recovered by detectives, Abedi had placed the device in a suitcase which he set on the ground before it blew up, The Financial Times said.

Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun carried pictures Wednesday of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was killed in the attack, and of Abedi under the words "PURE" and "EVIL" respectively.

It's understood John was leaving the Ariana Grande concert when he died from the impact of the explosion yesterday.

She said the soldiers would be under the command of police.

Greater Manchester Police arrested three more people in south Manchester Tuesday as they continued their investigation into the bombing. "As we came outside to Victoria Station, there were just people all over the floor covered in blood".

Next to a photograph of Olivia, Charlotte Campbell wrote on Facebook: "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far to soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much".

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The 23-year-old pop singer did not sustain any injury in the incident.

MANCHESTER, England A blast on Monday night at a concert in the northern English city of Manchester where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing left an unknown number of people dead and injured, police said.

At Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II marked a moment of silence alongside her husband Prince Philip as well as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for what it called a revenge attack against "Crusaders".

Bishop Rawthorne Church of England Academy, Callander's former school, said Callander - who has two brothers who also attended the school - was a "lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school".

Around 16,000 Libyans live in Britain and Manchester is home to the largest community, according to the BBC.

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