Manchester terror attack: UK Prime Minister May reduces threat level to 'severe'

Pop star Ariana Grande on Wednesday suspended her tour until early June at the earliest after a deadly attack on her show in Manchester that left 22 people dead.

"It's terrible. Very wicked to target that sort of thing", she told Evie Mills, 14, and her parents.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was the "responsibility" of governments to minimise the risk of terror by giving police the funding they need after cuts made while Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May served as interior minister.

Britain's terror threat level was raised to "critical" - the highest level - on Tuesday over concern another attack could be imminent.

The arrests could confirm the suspicion by authorities that 22-year-old Salman Abedi did not act alone.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was expected to confront President Trump at Thursday's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit over the leaks and impress upon him that "intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure", according to Reuters.

His father Ramadan and younger brother Hashem have been detained in Libya, with officials there saying the brother was aware of the planned attack.

"It's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", Hopkins said.

May to raise leaks of intelligence on Manchester attack with Trump.

"These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas", the spokesman said.

A third relative, Abedi's older brother Ismail, was arrested in Manchester.

"We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world", the National Counter Terrorism Policing office said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

The pictures included the remains of the suspected bomb, the rucksack worn by the suicide bomber and showed bloodstains amid the wreckage.

Abedi had been banned from his local mosque for interrupting a sermon an imam was giving against Islamic State.

"I think it's pretty disgusting", said Scott Lightfoot, a Manchester resident, speaking outside a train station in the city. Police raided homes believed to be connected with the investigation.

A British official confirmed Abedi had been on the intelligence radar before the massacre.

A vast cordon was put in place by police on Saturday morning as they evacuated local residents, while others were told to stay in their homes while the operation continued.

Police announced two new arrests Thursday in their probe, bringing the total to eight people in custody in Britain.

Armed troops have been sent to guard key sites, a rare sight in mainland Britain.

The terror threat had been at critical for the first time in a decade.

"Everyone's just anxious aren't they, everyone, no matter where they's scary stuff", said David Bailey, 29, who manages a property one street away from where the bomb squad was brought in.

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