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A British official told The Associated Press on Thursday that police in Manchester have chose to stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the USA until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the media. "I heard the news that they are suspecting he was the bomber", the elder Abedi said.

Residents said they heard a "huge bang" when officers carrying firearms forced their way into a flat, believed to be on the 12th floor.

Omar Alfakhuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.

Abedi's 23-year-old brother Ismail was arrested in Manchester on Tuesday.

In Libya, authorities arrested the father and a younger brother of Abedi.

British police and intelligence agencies worked Wednesday to piece together the allegiances of the Manchester suicide bomber and foil any new potential threats, as the country's law-and-order chief said it's "likely" he did not act alone. He said the man, in his 40s, is named Adel and has a wife and several children.

"From the day I 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".

"Last time I spoke to him, he sounded normal".

Authorities in the United Kingdom increasingly believe Abedi, a British-born man of Libyan descent, had help in plotting the attack, and are now relentlessly seeking possible accomplices and trying to track down the location where the bomb could have been manufactured, reports the New York Times.

"(This is) a reminder that there is great danger and terrorism and people who would do great harm to others just because they're different", Obama said.

Manchester's Libyan community held a meeting Wednesday night on combating radicalism, he said.

"Wherever he got that, he didn't get it from this mosque", he said.

Officials have been investigating the Abedi family's travels to Libya and whether Salman had been in touch with Islamic State (IS) militants there, particularly following the 2011 protests and downfall of Gaddafi.

Prime Minister Theresa May who too seems to be disturbed with the leaks said that she would confront President Donald Trump over leaks.

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the "element of surprise" in the police and security service measures could be compromised by information being released too quickly.

Over the past three, days several key details of the investigation, including the name of the bomber, first came out in USA media, angering British police who feared such leaks risked compromising their investigation. The blast killed dozens and wounded 59 others.

  • Carolyn Briggs