Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit concert for bombing victims

On the investigation front, Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area south of the city.

According to reports by NBC News, Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has named a young man named Salman Abedi as the person responsible for the attack.

As People shares, 22 people were killed and 119 were injured following the suicide bomber attack.

The attacker, who died at the arena, was identified as a 22-year-old British citizen living a short drive from the concert hall.

Home secretary Amber Rudd criticised USA security officials after media in the States released attacker Salman Abedi's name before police had confirmed his identity.

The US Ambassador to the United Kingdom said the leaks are reprehensible and that the US has heard the message from Her Majesty's Government loud and clear.

The New York Times published detailed pictures of the crime scene, including the remains of the suspected bomb and the rucksack worn by the suicide bomber.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday night (23 May) raised the nation's threat level to "critical" - the highest possible - and said there is a risk of other "imminent" attacks.

Asked if there was any indication Salman Abedi had received training in Libya or planned an attack inside Libya, Ben Salem said, "I don't think so".

May also said "we have a special relationship with the USA".

The senior Abedi denied that his son Salman had links to militants, telling the AP in an interview "we don't believe in killing innocents" before being taken into custody in Libya, along with another son, Hashim.

Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reported that Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any global watch list.

On Thursday, the family of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod released a statement that they had been informed of their daughter's death. "She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band".

Police are continuing to trace Abedi's final movements after it emerged earlier this week that he flew to Britain via Turkey and Germany just four days before carrying out his attack.

  • Carolyn Briggs