KISS concert in Manchester cancelled after terrorist attacks

In a statement Friday, she said "I'll be returning to the incredibly fearless city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families".

The police chief in Manchester says there has been an increase in reported hate crimes since the suicide bombing at a pop concert in the city. Their ages ranged from 18 to 38.

A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded scores of others minutes after Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena ended on Monday night.

Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, died in Monday's explosion, which killed 22 others and wounded almost 120 as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism police officer, said authorities have dismantled a "large part" of the network around bomber Salman Abedi.

Ms Rudd told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: "It's an ongoing operation, there are 11 people in custody, the operation is still at full tilt, in a way".

Police have released surveillance-camera images of Abedi on the night of the attack that show him dressed in sneakers, jeans, a dark jacket and a baseball cap.

Investigators have searched 17 properties, including Abedi's home in south Manchester and other houses in nearby districts. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders. Another brother and Abedi's father have been detained in Libya.

Grande also said "my heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones".

Prime Minister Theresa May said "a significant amount of police activity" and several arrests had led to the level being lowered.

Armed police were on the streets outside London's Wembley Stadium, and security guards conducted extra bag checks, as 90,000 fans arrived for the FA Cup soccer final between Chelsea and Arsenal, one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

Peter Hook, a member of seminal Manchester band New Order, was among the runners and said the tragedy had brought people together.

It added: "I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our Government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow". "They picked the wrong people to mess with this time".

Rudd said Sunday that intelligence agencies were monitoring 3,000 suspected extremists and had a wider pool of 20,000 people of interest.

When asked how many potential militants the government was anxious about, Rudd said the security services were looking at 500 different potential plots, involving 3,000 people as a "top list", with a further 20,000 beneath that.

"But I would not rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something".

Grande tweeted a statement that says "I'll be returning to the incredibly fearless city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families".

A 16-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman who had been arrested were released without charge, police said.

  • Leroy Wright