Armed counterterrorism force detain Manchester bomber's dad during media interview

Prime Minister Theresa May announced late on Tuesday that the threat level was now considered "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent.

Manchester police have stopped sharing investigative information with the US until they are guaranteed an end to media leaks, a British official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

"This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorized disclosures will occur", said the counter-terrorism source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Taking to Twitter, the Into You singer said: "My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones".

Queen Elizabeth II paid a surprise visit on Thursday morning to victims still recovering from their injuries at a Manchester hospital.

As the probe into the possible network continues, the father and brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi were arrested in Libya.

Hashem had been "under surveillance for a month and a half" and "investigation teams supplied intelligence that he was planning a terrorist attack in the capital Tripoli", the Deterrence Force said on its Facebook page.

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure", she said in a televised statement. The elder Abedi was also later arrested.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the Manchester concert bombing as a huge investigation into the attack gathers pace.

The father and younger brother of the man suspected of carrying out the suicide bomb attack that killed 22 people and wounded scores at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester this week have been arrested in Libya.

Hopkins confirmed that a serving police officer had also died.

"Clearly this was a pretty sophisticated and powerful bomb", a high-ranking Western government official told NPR, explaining that officers believe Abedi received help in the attack. British authorities have increased security at strategic points in the country in light of the attack.

Government officials from the United Kingdom were furious after the leak, which is the second time sensitive information was released to the USA media.

"From the day we started putting the "Dangerous Woman Tour" together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was meant to be a safe space for my fans".

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi reportedly called his mother 15 minutes before launching the deadly attack at Manchester Arena, which left 22 people dead and injured at least 119.

Another brother, 23-year-old Ismail, was arrested on Tuesday in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight Thursday in Manchester and in the Withington area south of the city. A woman was arrested late Wednesday but was later released without charge.

But Ramadan Abedi said he was sure Salman had not been a member of the jihadist group.

  • Zachary Reyes