#ManchesterBlast - Five more men, one woman arrested

TRIPOLI The father and the younger brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue in Manchester have been arrested in Tripoli, a spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force said on Wednesday.

Interior minister Amber Rudd had described the leaks as "irritating" early on Thursday, after details about bomber Salman Abedi, including his name, first appeared in US media, adding that Britain's allies were perfectly clear that it "shouldn't happen again".

At the same time, the New York Times published photos which it said came from the scene of the bombing.

A woman arrested on Wednesday in Blackley has been released without any charge, the police said earlier.

Intelligence sources told Focus Online Salman Abedi flew from the city of Düsseldorf to Manchester, but was not on an worldwide database or a list of potential Islamists being tracked through Europe. Following the air strikes, outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter said: "Importantly, these strikes were directed against some of ISIL's external plotters, who were actively planning operations against our allies in Europe. and may also have been connected with some attacks that have already occurred in Europe".

The bomber, Salman Abedi, 22, a British man of Libyan descent, had spent three weeks in Libya prior to the attack-returning to United Kingdom soil just days before detonating an explosive at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating and it continues at pace and there's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester", he said.

German authorities confirmed on Thursday that Salman Abedi flew to the German city of Düsseldorf, four days before the arena attack.

Those leaked pictures are said to have caused fury among police and security services, with Theresa May reportedly set to raise the issue with Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. Manchester police have arrested six men in connection with the attack, including the brother of Salman Abedi.

An unnamed family friend said Abedi was "vowing revenge" at the funeral and he viewed the murder as a hate crime.

Britain's terror threat assessment has been hiked to "critical", the highest level, meaning an attack is considered imminent.

Abedi's older brother Ismail, 23, was arrested on Tuesday in Chorlton, south Manchester.

The terrorist was later identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old Mancunian of Libyan descent who was known to British security services. Sixty-four people remain hospitalized, Rouse added. However, she will curtail her trip, returning home late Friday, missing the Saturday talks in Sicily.

Canceled shows include two performances at the O2 Arena in London (May 25-26), a concert at the Sportspaleis in Belgium (May 28), two shows at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland (May 31-June 1), and concerts at Festhale in Frankfurt, Germany (June 3) and Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland (June 5).

  • Zachary Reyes