Police investigating network linked to Manchester attacker: senior officer

The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children was part of a network, the city's chief of police said on Wednesday as troops were deployed across Britain to help prevent further attacks.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m.by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.

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. Asked by a reporter whether police had found the "bomb factory", Hopkins replied that police are "carrying out extensive searches against properties across Manchester for bomb making". Officers are at the scene searching that address.

The Chelsea soccer team announced it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win this season.

Abedi is believed to have attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque.

Details published on the other side of the Atlantic first included the initial death toll, that it was a suicide attack and, to the frustration of British authorities, the name of the bomber. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

"It has now concluded, on the basis of today's investigations, that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical".

Rudd said the "element of surprise" in the police and security service measures could be compromised by information being released too quickly.

Rudd also expressed frustration with the USA government, as news of Abedi's identity was first revealed in the United States.

PARIS: The bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in the British city of Manchester had "likely" been to Syria, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday.

The total number of people in custody linked to the attack is at four, Ian Hopkins said. Officials say 20 of them are being treated for critical injuries.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

Soldiers were seen at the Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street residence and at London police headquarters at New Scotland Yard.

  • Zachary Reyes