New arrests in Manchester bombing, 11 in custody
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 3:25
Grande was playing her sixth European date on her Dangerous Woman tour when a suicide bomber attacked concert-goers as they were leaving her concert at Manchester Arena, killing 22 individuals and injuring at least 59. A 34-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy who were also arrested have been released without charge.
It said security services were concerned further bombs could have been created by a network intent on carrying out further attacks.
British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting yesterday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.
A "severe" threat level means an attack is "highly likely", according to the scale set by Britain's Joint Terrorism Analysis Center.
Police secure the Manchester Arena in Manchester.
Police said on Thursday they had made significant arrests and uncovered important items as they investigate the Manchester suicide bombing.
USA journalists - apparently acting on leaks from US officials - were able to publish fresh details of the probe into one of the worst terror attacks in the United Kingdom only hours after British Home Secretary Amber Rudd expressed frustration about the revelation of the main suspect's identity.
Abedi's older brother Ismail, 23, was arrested on Tuesday in Chorlton, south Manchester.
His name first surfaced in USA media reports Tuesday, based on briefings given to USA officials by their counterparts in London. An eight-year-old, two teenage girls and a 28-year-old man were also identified as among those killed in Monday's attack.
"British officials and ministers are making it clear to their USA counterparts that these leaks from within the system are unacceptable".
Mounted police officers wait outside the townhall in Manchester.
About 1,000 armed police officers have been freed up by a decision to deploy the Army to protect key sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament under Operation Temperer, triggered as a result of Britain's terror threat level being raised to "critical" - meaning an attack is imminent.
She was due to perform in London on Friday (NZ Time).
Security is being increased at football cup finals at Wembley Stadium in London and the Great Manchester Run. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has set an agenda for Thursday's summit that addresses the two primary concerns raised by Trump during his presidential campaign: that other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries are not contributing enough and that the organization is not focused enough on tackling terrorism.
Britain also has a national election scheduled for June 8. "The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday", she said.
"Our priorities are to understand the run up to this awful event and to understand if more people were involved in planning this attack".
Britain's health service said Saturday that 63 people wounded in the bombing remain hospitalized, 20 of them in critical condition.
Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families.