British police make two more arrests after Manchester bombing

Reports have now gathered pace online that the 23-year-old singer will pay for the funerals of all the fans who were slaughtered in the 20,000 capacity venue, in what was the worst terrorist attack the United Kingdom has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.

Almost 3,800 soldiers have been on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties at sites such as Buckingham Palace and Downing Street to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation, Rudd told the BBC.

A fifth man who was carrying a suspect package was then detained in Wigan, northwest of the city.

Manchester police continued making arrests in the investigation with the number of detentions rising to eight in the wake of the UK's worst terrorist attack since the July 2005 bombings in London.

"Based on the fact that we have a threat level which is now critical and the ongoing situation here, the prime minister now plans a shortened programme at the G7 so she is likely to return on Friday evening", a senior government official said yesterday.

"When arrested, the man was carrying a package which we are now assessing".

Ramadan Abedi, 51, also known by his nom de guerre of Abu Ismail, spoke to The Associated Press by phone from the Libyan city of Tripoli. The photographs also showed nuts and screws for shrapnel and a blue and black Karrimor rucksack that appeared to be carried by Abedi.

"I think it's very clear that it's a network that we are dealing with", Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said on Wednesday afternoon. "I cant say I really liked the man". "There's extensive investigation going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester, as we speak".

British police make two more arrests after Manchester bombing

With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical", meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are racing to uncover the network around bomber Salman Abedi.

Meanwhile in Britain, British police said they had arrested a seventh person following searches at an address in Nuneaton, central England.

If confirmed, the halt to the sharing investigative details with Britain's most important defence and security ally would underscore the level of anger in Britain at leaks to the USA media of details about the police investigation.

There were 22 killed and 119 injured when Salman Abedi detonated an IED in the foyer as fans exited the arena following the concert. Neighbors recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise the issue with U.S. President Donald Trump when she meets him at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels later on Thursday, a government source told Reuters.

Britain's interior minister, Amber Rudd, said Abedi had recently returned from Libya and her French counterpart, Gerard Collomb, said he had proven links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria too.

Right now, those officials said, they just don't have the hard evidence to tie Abedi to any one group.

In addition to those killed, 116 people have received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.

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