Manchester bomber seen buying rucksack in city on Friday

Manchester police arrested a man early Wednesday at a house just a 10-minute walk from Abedi's home. "It seems likely, possible, that he wasn't doing this on his own", Rudd said.

Information about the bomber's identity first emerged in the United States - with American TV networks CBS and NBC naming Abedi as the suspect. Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun says the father now belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism from which al-Qaida and the Islamic State group both hail. It was unclear whether Abedi was under surveillance as recently as the attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about concerns Abedi might have had outside support.

Operations are also under way across Manchester as authorities try to piece together Abedi's backstory and the events leading up to the attack.

Residents continued to place floral tributes to the dead and injured as police arrested a man at a house near Abedi's home.

Salman's older brother Ismail Abedi, 23, who is believed to have lived at the same address, was detained by police later Tuesday in Manchester.

The dragnet extended as far away as Libya, where some of Abedi's family now lives.

Hashim Abedi, 20, the brother of suspected bomber Salman Abedi, 22, was arrested in Tripoli on Tuesday as he was receiving transferred cash from Salman, the Associated Press reported.

Bloomberg reports late on Wednesday afternoon that Salman's father Ramadan Abedi was detained by "unknown security personnel" in the Libyan capital Tripoli, citing eyewitnesses.

"He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack".

Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin, according to U.S. sources citing British contacts. The University said he was studying business and management but was not attending classes during the current semester.

He said, however, that even if USA intelligence sources shared vital information with the media, it likely would not affect the strong intelligence sharing relationship between the US and Britain because it helps both countries. Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the US government's Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said the man had links with ISIS and had probably visited Syria as well.

A vivid blue flash of the rucksack's inner lining matches leaked photos apparently from the crime scene published by the New York Times. Instead, Salman Abedi returned to Manchester, where, days later, he slaughtered young kids and teens, and their parents, on their way out of a concert.

The Abedi family has close ties to the family of al-Qaida veteran Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched by US special forces off a Tripoli street in 2013 for alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of two USA embassies in Africa, and died in US custody in 2015.

"We are furious. This is completely unacceptable", a government ministry source said.

"We are sure our fans will understand this decision", the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation.

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