#ManchesterBlast: Ariana Grande to hold concert for victims
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 21:37
Abedi reportedly returned from Libya only a few days before the attack, but police are still trying to pin down his movements as well as a wider network. We can't directly link these to the events of Monday night and are continuing to monitor the situation.
Manchester is slowly returning to normal, though dozens of people remain hospitalized and the damaged arena and adjacent Victoria train station remain closed.
"Having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance", said Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism officer, about the alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
British police working on the case have resumed intelligence-sharing with USA counterparts after a brief halt because of anger over leaks to us media thought by Britain to be coming from USA officials.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the National Counter Terrorism Policing underscored the importance of the trust between US and British law enforcement officials and said "when that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".
They raided the property earlier on Thursday after arresting a man in the town on Wednesday in connection with the attack.
In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedi's younger brother, 20-year-old Hashem, and their father, Ramadan, are being held by special forces linked to the interior ministry. This comes after fans launched a campaign to get the song, which Ariana performed during Monday's ill-fated concert, to the top of U.K.'s official charts.
After the bombing, Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman tour and canceled several shows in Europe. The National Health Service says 75 people have been admitted to eight hospitals, "including 23 patients now receiving critical care".