Manchester bomber's younger brother 'knew about attack'

The investigation into the suicide bomb that killed 22 and injured 59 at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester is ongoing, with police making two more arrests on Thursday morning.

The source said that while the bomber may have had some assistance it was also possible that he made the bomb himself.

Nuts and screws propelled by the blast were also shown as well as the remains of a 12-volt battery, which could have been the power source, it said.

One suspect device was blown up in a controller explosion and security sources previously said there is a possibility that other materials are yet to be found.

- Libya's Deterrence Force, which acts as the police of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, arrest Abedi's father Ramadan, saying they had already arrested his brother Hashem on Tuesday.

The photos and analysis suggests that the bomb was an improvised device but made with care.

"The concern is that there may be others out there who helped him to make the bomb".

British security services are now trying to work out what turned Salman Abedi, the tall, skinny son of a devout Muslim who opposed former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, into a killer.

CCTV vision of suicide bomber Salman Abedi approaching the Manchester Arena has been released.

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.

The Home Secretary said up to 3,800 troops will be deployed on the streets around Britain after the country's threat level was raised from "severe" to "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent.

Chilling CCTV has emerged that appears to show Manchester bomber Salman Abedi buying a rucksack for the terror attack.

They said one thread of the investigation involves pursuing whether Abedi could have been part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as "the man in the hat", with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks.

Abedi's father reportedly protested his son's innocence in the hours before his arrest. Another man is arrested in the Manchester area, police said without giving further details.

Greater Manchester Police officials hope to resume normal intelligence relationships with the US soon, the report added, but they are now "furious" about recent leaks - suspected to have been made by American law enforcement.

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