Ariana Grande will return to Manchester after terrorist attack

Twenty-two people were killed when the explosion ripped through the foyer of Manchester Arena as singer Ariana Grande was wrapping up her concert.

New information about Abedi's travels and the composition of the bomb he exploded at Manchester Arena supported the notion that he had help.

The 22-year-old, of Libyan origin, was born in the northwestern English city.

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, although it is not clear that the newspaper obtained the photos from USA officials. Another place searched was an apartment in a Manchester high-rise that British media say was rented by Abedi in the months before the attack. Trump, in Brussels, ignored two questions from journalists on whether Britain can trust the USA with sensitive information.

The decision to stop sharing police information with USA agencies was an extraordinary step for Britain, which is usually at pains to emphasise its "special relationship" with the United States.

An army bomb disposal unit is parked nearby during a security operation at Springfield Street in Wigan, Greater Manchester on May 25, 2017. More than 100 people were injured and 64 are still in hospital.

"Having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance", said Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism officer, about the alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Britain's National Police Chiefs' Council warned on Wednesday that the "underauthorised disclosure" of potential evidence was a breach of trust that had potentially undermined a "major counter-terrorism investigation". But she urged Britons to remain vigilant and said soldiers would remain at high-profile sites throughout the holiday weekend.

The Independent newspaper has reported that two people who knew Abedi while at college had alerted the anti-terror hotline after he had told them "being a suicide bomber was okay".

"Everything should go on as normal", said Chelsea fan Steve Barrass, who came from Manchester to watch the FA Cup in London with his son. Both family members, including brother Ismail, have been arrested.

Police said they had built up a "detailed picture" of his movements since he returned to British shores on May 18, reportedly from his family's native Libya.

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

Williams said "covert and discreet tactics" will also be in place to protect the transport network.

The total number of arrests connected to the terror attack rose to ten when a man was detained in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of the morning.

A German security official told The Associated Press on Thursday the report was accurate.

Tillerson said during a trip to London on Friday that the US "regrets" the leaks, which British officials complained had led to the publication of sensitive information.

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