Manchester police conduct explosion in terror probe
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 9:28
Twenty-two people were killed and dozens wounded, many teens, when a bomb was detonated Monday night at the end of a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande in the northern England city.
"Eight men remain in custody for questioning", a police statement said.
Details published on the other side of the Atlantic first included the initial death toll, that it was a suicide attack and, to the frustration of British authorities, the name of the bomber.
Prior to his detention Ramadan Abedi confirmed that British authorities had arrested another son, Ismail, 23, on Tuesday as part of the concert attack probe.
Salman Ramadan Abedi, the man believed responsible for the suicide bombing, was a 22-year old man who was born and raised in Manchester.
Abedi's wife, Samia al-Tabal, is a close friend of the wife of Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaida veteran who was snatched off the streets of Tripoli in 2013 by US special forces and faced accusations of involvement in the 1998 bombings of two USA embassies in Africa, al-Libi's wife, Um Abdallah, told the AP.
"This is not us", the 51-year-old Abedi said in a telephone interview from Tripoli. "He was shocked and panicked when he saw the news", said Mohammed El-Haduri, the manager of St Helens Pizza.
Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd chaired another Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (Cobra) meeting today.
United Kingdom police investigating the suicide bombing in Manchester, England, have stopped sharing information about what they have found with their USA counterparts, according to a BBC report.
"The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security", Trump said, adding that, "if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law". "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this", Mr Trump at a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels. Campaigning was suspended following the attack until Friday.
Grande is tentatively scheduled to resume the tour on June 7 at the Bercy arena in Paris.
"We must be fearless enough to admit that the "war on terror" is simply not working".
Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise the issue of the leaks with President Donald Trump in Brussels later.
She used her speech there to urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism.
"The fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet", she said.