UK police arrest fifth person in connection with Manchester attack

The younger brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue in Manchester has been arrested in Tripoli on suspicion of links with Islamic State, a spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force said on Wednesday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.

Police said they are "confident" they know the identity of all the people who died in the bombing, but they will not be formally named until forensic post-mortems are completed in four to five days.

Politico confirmed that May rebuked the leaks and reported that senior United Kingdom official saying, ?The prime minister expressed her view that the intelligence sharing relationship with the hugely important and valuable but obviously the intelligence needs to be kept secure.? However, the official added that the attacker had on several occasions in the past used Istanbul as a transit for flights between Libya and Europe. US officials said they had not yet verified claims that ISIS was responsible. "Eight men remain in custody for questioning", the police tweet said.

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

With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical", meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are working around the clock to try to deter another atrocity.

Brunt said one resident of the building reported "a strong smell of explosives" coming from behind the door. "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counterterrorism investigation". Crowds gathered at well-known sites including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares and Manchester's Albert Square.

People gesture as they attend a vigil in Trafalgar Square, London, May 23, 2017 for the victims of the attack which killed over 20 people as fans left a pop concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester.

"We would like to make customers aware that security procedures in the center have been increased in line with advice from the security services", the shopping center said in a statement. Officers also raided a property in the city's Moss Side neighborhood early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion.

Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters it was very clear they were investigating what he described as "a network".

Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reports that British-born Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any global watch list.

Mr Abedi told the Associated Press his family "aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents".

In his statement, Trump - who was already struggling domestically to stem a tide of damaging leaks from law enforcement agencies - said the information coming out in the USA media was "deeply troubling". The magazine also wrote that German authorities are trying to determine whether Abedi had contact with Islamic extremists in Germany.

  • Leroy Wright