Manchester Arena attack: United Kingdom reduces terror threat level from 'critical' to 'severe'

Salman Abedi's mother, Samia Tabbal, and another son, Ismail, have been arrested in Manchester.After arresting a 23-year-old man on Tuesday, police said they had taken three more men into custody yesterday in south Manchester, the area where Abedi lived.

Britain has made a decision to resume intelligence sharing with the United States after receiving promises from U.S. President Donald Trump on a recent leak of classified information, the British counter terrorism police said Thursday.

Manchester-born Salman Abedi launched the attack on young fans attending a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande in the latest atrocity claimed by the Islamic State group in Europe.

Greater Manchester Police have stopped sharing intelligence relating to the Manchester Arena attack with United States government agencies after concerns that United States intelligence officers are continuing to leak confidential details of the investigation to the American media.

Eleven people are now in custody in the United Kingdom in connection with the attack by Abedi, who was of Libyan origin but born in Manchester.

Dozens more were injured, and as of Thursday, 23 survivors remained in critical care in Manchester hospitals.

The senior officer also issued a defiant message as he urged people to go about their business as normal over the bank holiday weekend.

Britain's terror threat level has been reduced to "severe" from "critical", UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday after meeting with security chiefs. Armed police officers and soldiers were deployed at soccer matches, concerts and other big events.

Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent died in Monday's explosion, which killed 22 people and wounded dozens as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

Elwafi is believed to have handed himself to police after news reports revealed Abedi as the suicide bomber.

The latest arrests took place early on Saturday with police detaining two men, aged 20 and 22, in north Manchester.

Manchester Islamic Centre board of trustees director Mohammad el-Khayat used a sermon before Friday afternoon prayers to strongly condemn the attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

Greater Manchester Police said 12 locations had been searched and thousands of items examined.

But he said there were still "gaps in our understanding" of the plot, as investigators probed Abedi's potential links to jihadis in Britain, Europe, Libya and the Middle East.

El-Khayat said: "If we are radicalizing people, who god-forbidden, have any intention to do (harm), the police will be the first to know".

Arsenal fan Liz Johnson says she was a "sad after what happened in Manchester".

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