Ariana Grande announces benefit concert for Manchester

A total of 13 people have been arrested in the terror investigation, two of whom have been released without charge, the Greater Manchester Police said.

Police have "got hold of a large part" of the terror network behind the Manchester bombing, an official said earlier on Friday.

People are gathering and laying flowers on May 24, 2017 at the base of the statue of St. Anne's Square in Manchester, England in memory of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack during Ariana Grande's concert on May 22, 2017.

Of the 22 people killed in Monday night's bombing attack, many were children.

Despite the critical alert, police have urged people to go out and enjoy themselves over the three-day holiday weekend.

Officers used a controlled explosion to gain entry to the address in the north of the city where the latest arrests were made.

Police say they are now holding 11 suspects in custody.

The Times newspaper reported on Saturday that intelligence officers had identified 23,000 jihahist extremists living in Britain.

As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police, would be withdrawn from Britain's streets from midnight on Monday.

However, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the United Kingdom police chief for counter-terrorism, advised people to be vigilant but to "go out as you planned and enjoy yourselves".

Armed police will be on patrol over the holiday weekend with security increased at Saturday's FA Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium, which kicks off at 1630 GMT.

"We've seen compassion but it is important that we continue to stand together here in Greater Manchester, particularly standing together against some of the hate-filled views that we have seen from a very small minority of the community that have no place here", he said.

Political campaigning for the June 8 national election which was suspended after the Manchester attack resumed on Friday with the bombing becoming a central feature.

The pop sensation made her plans clear through lengthy statement posted on Twitter.

A poll on Thursday put May's Conservatives five points ahead of Labour suggesting a far tighter race than previously anticipated.

  • Leroy Wright