Two more arrests in Manchester attack investigation

The 22-year-old suicide bomber was radicalised during trips to Syria and was known to British intelligence services, it has emerged.

"Why was there no outrage for the killing of an Arab and a Muslim in such a cruel way?" she asked.

On Wednesday, Grande's management team confirmed to USA TODAY that she was canceling shows through June 5 and resuming the tour in Paris on June 7.

Rowley said the investigation had made "rapid progress", and police "are getting a greater understanding of the preparation of the bomb".

- An 18-year-old man, who police said was carrying a suspect package, is arrested in Wigan, a town near Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police have searched a house in St Helens - 15 miles east of Liverpool and 25 miles west of Manchester - this morning.

British police said they had arrested two men on Saturday as they stepped up their efforts to capture a suspected network behind the suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester earlier this week.

May and US President Donald Trump "noted that there had been strong agreement in discussions so far that the G7 should do more collectively on counter terrorism", Downing Street said in a statement.

British officials were particularly angry over photos published by The New York Times showing remnants of a blue backpack which may have held the explosive.

British officials say that have receive assurances from USA authorities that confidential material will be protected.

A community worker who knew Abedi had been anxious he was "supporting terrorism" and had expressed the view that "being a suicide bomber was ok", the BBC reported late on Wednesday.

Earlier, the top United States diplomat in the UK, Lewis Lukens, condemned the leaks as "reprehensible" and told the BBC action would be taken to identify those responsible.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the blast widened. 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.

Abedi's father and two of his brothers have been taken into custody in connection with the investigation into the bombing.

A relative told AFP that Abedi had travelled to Manchester from Libya four days before the bombing.

Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi. "Abedi stood up and shouted at the imam, "'You are talking bollocks.' And he gave a good stare, a threatening stare into the imam's eyes".

Mohammed Fadl, a community leader, rejected that account.

"Even if the families knew about their sons' ideologies or affiliations, they wouldn't talk but keep it to themselves", he said.

"There was definitely nothing too apparent or obvious", Fadl said.

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

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