Father of Accused Manchester Attacker Says His Son Is Innocent

Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya and Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats.

Officials said that the female officer was killed in the blast caused by suicide bombed while attending the Ariana Grande concert with her husband and two children, according to The Daily Mirror.

Now the singer's management team have released a statement saying the 23-year-old will be suspending her tour until June 5.

Earlier in the day, police detained a suspect in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Police confirmed in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that a total of four people remain in custody in relation to the attack. The BBC said Manchester Police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but is now furious.

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

Police also raided and searched a property elsewhere in Manchester where Abedi's brother Ismail is thought to have lived.

But Hashem Abedi had been in touch with attacker Salman Abedi, Bin Salem said, and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital.

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Armed police officers at the gates to Downing Street in 2012

Investigators were also looking into possible links between Abedi and Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan refugee from Manchester who was shot in Libya and later jailed in the United Kingdom for terror offenses, including helping Stephen Gray, a British Iraqi war veteran and Muslim covert, to join fighters in Syria.

The woman being held was arrested by police in Blackley, an area north of Manchester city centre on Wednesday. He said officers knocked on his door and "asked me if I had seen the lady next door", so he thinks they were looking for a woman.

Back in London, the Manchester suicide bomber has been named as Salman Abedi and prime minister Theresa May has raised threat warning to "critical", the highest level.

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 US media of details about the police investigation.

Police had followed up on the complaint at the time and visited the house.

He said the man used to wear traditional white Islamic dress, was aged in his 20s, 6 ft.

Gerard Collomb told BFM television that British and French intelligence have information that Abedi had been to Syria.

  • Zachary Reyes