Ariana releases heartbreaking statement on Manchester attack

"The arrest is connected to Monday's attack on the Manchester Arena but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage", Manchester police said in a statement shared on Twitter.

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

Grande also announced that she will perform a Manchester benefit concert in honor of the victims and their families, but did not mention a specific date.

Before the meeting with Ms May, Mr Trump has said the U.S. will investigate intelligence leaks that revealed sensitive information about the Manchester bombing. In other words, could the actions of American officials have impeded or compromised the investigation?

Leaks from an investigation into the Manchester terror attack are undermining the investigation, British police said on Thursday as the BBC reported that police had stopped sharing information with the United States. But "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently", she said.

"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling", Donald Trump said in the statement released b his office.

The New York Times, which did not specify the source of the leak, published images from the scene of the attack, including fragments of a blue Karrimor backpack the bomber was believed to have carried, metal nuts and screws and some of the damage inflicted on the area.

The University of Salford confirmed Abedi had studied there but a source told the Press Association news agency he dropped out two years into a business and management degree.

His father, Ramadan, and another brother, 18-year-old Hashim, were detained a day later by Libyan authorities in Tripoli, where they now live.

Hopkins, the Manchester police chief, said the leaks had "caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

Meanwhile, the investigation into the blast widened.

Authorities chased possible links between Abedi and militants in Manchester, elsewhere in Europe, and in North Africa and the Middle East.

Manchester has the largest gathering of Libyan expatriates in all of the U.K., Fadl said, adding that the community held a meeting Wednesday night on combating radicalism. Police have swooped in on multiple addresses in the northwestern city since Tuesday and those arrested include bomber Salman Abedi's brother Ismail. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, though British authorities have not determined whether he was truly associated with them or received any assistance while building his bomb or plotting his crime. Children of Syria I stand with you.

However, Mohammed Saeed, a senior figure from the mosque, told The Guardian newspaper that when he once gave a sermon denouncing terror, Abedi stared him down.

Fadl rejected that account, though he conceded he did not witness the incident.

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