11 held in Manchester attack probe

British police arrested two more people and searched a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, as British authorities complained bitterly Thursday about investigation leaks blamed on USA officials.

Thursday morning Greater Manchester British Police sent out a tweet saying officers were responding to an incident on Linby Street in the Hulme area of Manchester. "It's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins told reporters.

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi carried out the concert attack because he wanted to take revenge for U.S. airstrikes on Syria, said the 22-year-old's sister.

Bitkower was not willing to comment on the Manchester case, but a outcome of this point is that if photos of the backpack and shrapnel from the Manchester attack were not explicitly marked "classified", it might be challenging for a prosecutor to show a leaker knew their potential - if any - for causing harm to the U.S. His father and a younger brother have been arrested in Libya. On that call, he purportedly told his mother: "Forgive me", said Ahmed bin Salem, a spokesman for the Special Deterrent Force.

United Kingdom police initially said they believed bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, but on Wednesday they revised their analysis, saying they were investigating "a network".

"Our coverage of Monday's horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible", the newspaper said.

Investigators are trying to find whether Abedi knew several Manchester-based jihadis, including Libyan man Abdalraouf Abdallah, who was jailed in Britain for terror offenses, and Raphael Hostey, an IS recruiter killed in Syria. Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reports that Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any worldwide watch list.

Mr. Ramadan said he believed that that report led to Abedi being placed on a watch list, yet he was allowed to travel to Libya and Syria repeatedly, before returning to Manchester to carry out his deadly plot.

Earlier Thursday, at 11 a.m., many across Britain fell silent and bowed their heads for a minute in tribute to the victims caught up in Monday night's concert bombing.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the concert blast victims. Abedi is also said to have visited Frankfurt in 2015.

Following the terrorist bombing at Manchester Arena during her concert, Ariana Grande has cancelled all scheduled shows in Europe through to June 5, including dates in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland. In addition to those killed, 116 people have received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.

United States channel ABC News reported that police had found a kind of bomb-making workshop in Abedi's home and he had apparently stockpiled enough chemicals to make additional bombs.

The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said. In the case of Manchester, there was speculation, soon after the explosion, that the bomber had not been working alone, and that his actions would have required a network of associates.

However, Fadl said he had heard Abedi's father took his son's passport away over concerns about his ties to alleged extremists and criminals.

"He had become very religious but not real religious", said Geko.

Manchester has always been a haven for Libya's opposition, armed groups and Islamists fleeing Colonel Gaddafi.

  • Salvatore Jensen