Manchester Bombing: British Police Release New Photos of Suspect Salman Abedi

One man was arrested following raids in the Withington area while the other was arrested in the Manchester area, according to the police.

Monday's bombing prompted United Kingdom authorities to deploy soldiers through out the city and raise the terror threat level to "critical", the highest of five levels for global terrorism, and at least two men have been arrested in connection to the attack, the Guardian reported.

Now, the UK's top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley, confirmed police had "received fresh assurances" from their foreign counterparts and were now "working closely" with them.

Britain's terror threat level continues to be "critical", meaning authorities believe another attack could be imminent, and additional soldiers and armed police officers have been deployed at key sites in London and other cities.

One wrote: "Does anyone know if the loud bang heard at 1:45amish this morning in/near Moss Side & Rusholme was an un/controlled explosion?"

Ahmed bin Salem, the spokesman of a Libyan anti-terror force, says the father of Salman Abedi, Hashim, was detained yesterday.

The New York Times came under fire on Wednesday after releasing some of the initial evidence that British police had gathered from the scene of the bombing at a concert led by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester Arena the day before.

Ariana Grande may return to Manchester as soon as next week.

Grande retreated to her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, in the days after the attack.

In the note, Grande praised her fans for their response to the incident, which left 22 people dead and more than 60 injured, including young children and teens. Police said Thursday that a woman arrested in Blackley had been released without charge.

An eight-year-old, two teenage girls and a 28-year-old man were also identified as among those killed in Monday's attack.

The British government has expressed its anger at the release in US media of details from the investigation into Monday's concert attack, including photographs of parts of the bomb which left 22 people dead, including children.

  • Joanne Flowers