German police: Manchester bomber passed through airport

Twenty-two people were killed and dozens more seriously injured when Abedi, 22, detonated a device as fans left Manchester Arena, where United States star Ariana Grande was performing on Monday night.

Another brother, 23-year-old Ismail, was arrested soon after the attack and is among the eight men now in custody in Manchester.

British Interior Minister Amber Rudd said on Wednesday that the leak was "irritating" as the US media outlets named the attacker, adding that she had made clear to the United States that the incident should not happen again.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday night.

After the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, police are hunting for accomplices whom they suspect helped Salman Abedi build the bomb that killed 22 people on Monday in a crowded concert hall in the northern English city of Manchester. Britain remains on its highest threat level of critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently, with the army backing up police and hospitals across the country have told staff to be ready for another incident.

British police have arrested two more men in connection with the Manchester attack, taking the number of people in custody to eight, Greater Manchester police said.

A YouGov poll published in Friday's edition of The Times put Conservatives at 43 percent compared to Labour at 38%, far better for Labour than the double-digit margin that had previously separated it from the ruling party.

But analysts said that the Conservative prime minister - who previously served as interior minister for six years - could benefit at the polls from the shift in focus ahead of the general election on June 8.

Police said "suspicious items" were found at the address in Wigan on Thursday and that neighbours had been evacuated.

Residents were later allowed to return.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism police officer, said authorities have dismantled a "large part" of the network around bomber Salman Abedi.

Libya said it was working closely with Britain to identify possible "terrorist networks" involved, while a British official said that Abedi had been on the intelligence radar before the massacre.

Fifteen-year-old Millie Robson, wearing one of Grande's T-shirts, told the queen she had won VIP tickets to the pop star's concert.

Some 75 people were still being treated in hospital, including 23 in critical condition, medical officials said. Queen Elizabeth II visited victims of the attack at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, telling 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents: "It's awful".

  • Salvatore Jensen