Police make three more arrests in Manchester concert attack

Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun carried pictures Wednesday of 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was killed in the attack, and of Abedi under the words "PURE" and "EVIL" respectively.

Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after Monday night's attack, saying 20 of them had critical injuries. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said more police had been ordered onto the streets of the British capital.

Rudd also scolded USA officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were prepared to go public.

The suicide bomb attack killed 22 people and injured more than 60 at United States pop star Ariana Grande's concert in the northern English city on Monday night (Tuesday NZT).

They include an eight-year-old girl, two teenage girls, a 28-year-old man and Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters after the concert.

Twenty people are still in critical care, officials said on Wednesday.

"It was more sophisticated than some of the horrific events that we have seen in the past or in other parts of Europe so people are reasonably wondering whether he did this on his own", she told BBC Breakfast.

Collomb's comments, which revealed information British authorities had yet to release, came despite the fact U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Wednesday reprimanded US officials for leaking classified information about the investigation to the press.

He said his son last visited Libya a month-and-a-half ago and never visited Syria.

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb told BFM-TV that Abedi had "proven links to ISIS", though he did not elaborate.

Asked if he believed Abedi had the support of a network, Collomb said: "That is not known yet, but perhaps".

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".

Prime Minister Theresa May placed the country on its highest level of terror alert - "critical" - for the first time since June 2007, when it was sparked by an attack on Glasgow airport.

Mrs May will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee at 9.30am on Wednesday, Downing Street has announced. He was a British national of Libyan origin, he grew up in Great Britain. Coverage of the attack and its aftermath has pushed out political news from the British media. Ramadan Abedi told the AP that when he spoke to his son Salman five days ago, he sounded "normal".

"The British police have been very clear 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've been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", Rudd said Wednesday.

"In some of my conversations that I've had with people who are following this very closely, the feeling is that they were aware of the bomber, but they didn't think that he had the ability to pull off something like this, something of such sophistication and something so effective and deadly".

France, which has repeatedly been hit by devastating militant attacks since 2015, extended emergency powers after the Manchester bombing.

The attack was the deadliest in Britain since July 7, 2005 when four suicide bombers inspired by al-Qaida attacked London's transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people.

  • Leroy Wright