United Kingdom police say searching house in Wigan in connection with Manchester attack

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.

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokeswoman did not comment to CNN on the photo publication.

Asked whether the USA leaks had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".

The man, who was carrying a package, was arrested in the town of Wigan, 17 miles (27 km) to the west of Manchester city centre.

Six additional arrests were made in Britain on Wednesday as the sprawling investigation extended to Libya, where Abedi's father and 18-year-old brother were detained in Tripoli. Police said eight men remain in custody following the attack Monday night.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May said she and other leaders at G7 summit in Italy agreed Friday that the threat from ISIS "is revolving, rather than disappearing". "I think it is fair to say that there has been enormous progress with the investigation, but still an very bad lot of work to do".

Manchester hospitals are still treating 75 people in the aftermath of Monday's bombing attack, including 23 in critical care, according to a statement from NHS England on Thursday.

The clash over leaks came as police here announced "significant" arrests and said searches conducted in the area have turned up crucial evidence in the probe.

She also complained about US officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the USA press.

"He never said hello, not so much as a good morning or how are you or anything", Locke said.

Relatives of the British-born bomber are being interrogated by Libyan authorities in Tripoli, where his father Ramadan and teenage brother Hashim were arrested on Wednesday.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but there were contradictions in its accounts of the action and a telling lack of detail.

A relative of the 22-year-old bomber said he had felt increasing frustration at his treatment in the United Kingdom, heightened after a friend was fatally knifed in what he perceived to be a religious hate crime.

Collomb, who spoke with May after the attack, said the two countries should continue co-operating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain's pending exit from the 28-nation European Union.

Britain raised its threat level from terrorism to "critical" after an emergency government meeting late Tuesday amid concerns that the 22-year-old Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack. Rep. Mike McCaul told The Associated Press that the bomb used the explosive TATP, the same one used in the deadly November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels carried out by Islamic State extremists.

Abedi said his son sounded "normal" when he spoke to him five days ago.

At Manchester's Didsbury Mosque, where the Abedi family worshipped, authorities condemned the bombing and denied reports that Abedi had worked there.

Akram Ramadan, another member of the city's Libyan community, said Abedi was banned from Didsbury Mosque after he confronted an imam over an anti-Islamic State sermon.

  • Leroy Wright