Seven quizzed as counter-terror police hunt Manchester bomber's 'network'

He was picked up while allegedly receiving a money transfer from Salman Abedi.

"We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (Islamic State) with his brother".

The motive for carrying out the attack remained unknown on Wednesday morning.

Abedi, 22, was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan origin, according to the BBC.

Abedi did not live in university accommodations and did not participate in any extracurricular activities or social clubs.

Abedi said his son sounded "normal" when he spoke to him five days ago.

As well as visiting Germany, Abedi is also understood to have recently flown back to the United Kingdom from Libya, where his younger brother and father live.

Ramadan Abedi was later detained by masked gunmen while recording television interviews, according to ITV News. "This is not us". It said all the affected families have been contacted and trained officers are supporting them.

The senior Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant for him and eventually sought political asylum in Britain. He is now a manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli. "The priority remains to establish whether [Abedi] was acting alone or as part of a network".

Abedi had been registered at a number of addresses in Fallowfield, a community that sits in the shadow of Manchester City's old Maine Road stadium.

It is understood the decision to suspend intelligence-sharing over the Manchester bombing involves the "law enforcement" authorities rather than the intelligence agencies. He said the bomb's construction suggested a "level of sophistication" that might indicate foreign training.

"When the trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their family", the group said.

Abedi is believed to have died in the powerful blast, though he has not yet been formally identified by the coroner, Manchester police said. Thirteen victims have so far been identified.

Earlier today, police arrested a different 23-year-old man in connection with the bombing.

"We don't believe in killing innocents", Abedi said before his arrest.

"Greater Manchester Police hopes to resume normal intelligence relationships - a two-way flow of information - soon but is now "furious", said the British broadcaster". France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have also traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group.

CNN has not been able to independently verify the details from the militia.

Meanwhile, Ramadan Abedi, who is in Tripoli, Libya, denied his son was linked to militants or the bombing.

The Abedi family, however, is close to the family of al-Qaida veteran Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched by USA special forces off a Tripoli street in 2013, then died in US custody in 2015.

Abu Ismail would read the call to prayer and Ismail worked as a volunteer, Haffar said. "I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester". "He's in Libya and has been for a while". "It's not going away and it needs significant attention", Coats said.

Ismail was arrested by armed police in Chorlton, south Manchester.

According to reports Abedi was the second youngest of four children and grew up in the Whalley Range area of Manchester which is about 5km from the city centre. They "feel like they are being disbanded from two societies, Libyan society and British society", he said.

- He was a student at the University of Salford and studied business and management in 2015-2016 academic year.

"I got down to the front door and instead of the fire brigade armed police with a machine gun and mask were there", Louise Bolotin, a freelance journalist who lives in Granby House, told the Evening News.

The imam of the mosque told The Telegraph that Salman Abedi, who wore Islamic dress, had shown him "the face of hate" when he gave a talk warning on the dangers of so-called Islamic State.

  • Zachary Reyes