Police make more arrests in Manchester bomb but leaks feared

A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb.

The British government and Greater Manchester police had refused to confirm the identity of the suicide bomber as Salman Abedi just over two hours before his name appeared in US media outlets.

It said the photos had been gathered by British authorities at the scene of the attack.

"We have been carrying out searches at an address in the Withington area and a man has been arrested".

University dropout Abedi, 22, grew up in a Libyan family that reportedly fled to Manchester to escape the now-fallen regime of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Monday's attack, which came as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, took the lives of at least 22 people, including several children. Preliminary reports say that Abedi had travelled to Libya, raising fears he had been trained there and posing questions for the security services on whether he should have been tracked.

Officials are examining if Abedi had accomplices in Germany or received any explosives training or had been radicalised by radical preachers there. This is the first time in 10 years that it has been raised to this level.

Earlier it emerged that a Muslim community worker revealed how anxious members of the public reported Abedi to a police anti-terrorism hotline because of his extreme and violent views.

Abedi detonated a device at the end of a concert by American singer Ariana Grande, a concert attended by many young girls.

The attack was the latest in a series of deadly incidents across Europe claimed by IS that have coincided with an offensive on the group's redoubts in Syria and Iraq carried out by US, British and other Western forces.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the victims, their families and medical staff.

Salman Abedi lived for years with family in a modest red-brick house in the Fallowfield section of Manchester, a middle- to working-class neighborhood.

The bomber was born in Britain to immigrants from Libya.

Police have conducted a number of raids and arrested eight people as they hunt for the network connected to Abedi. They labeled their initiative "A City United".

Abedi's older brother Ismail, 23, was detained in south Manchester on Tuesday.

Abedi's father and brother were arrested by Libyan security forces Wednesday.

Greater Manchester Police released a statement condemning the leaks on behalf of the National Counter-Terrorism Policing units that suggested a severe rupture in trust between Britain and the United States, who have traditionally shared intelligence at the highest levels.

"I wouldn't go that far but I can say they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again", Rudd said when asked about that.

Lorna Reilly, 26, described being woken up by "a massive bang".

The New York Times is on a fresh collision course with Donald Trump after he vowed to investigate leaked evidence from the Manchester terror attack. I ran to my front bedroom window and armed police were stood outside and one shouted "back from the window".

"I didn't see anything after that".

The woman, whose identity was not immediately known, was released without charges a few hours after her arrest last night in connection with the explosion, the deadlies terror attack in Britain since the 2005 London bombings.

Fadl, the community leader, disputed that account and the bomber's father insisted Wednesday in an interview with the AP that Salman had no links to militants, saying "we don't believe in killing innocents". "This is not us".

  • Leroy Wright