Urging love, Ariana Grande plans show for Manchester attack victims

Twenty-two people were killed and dozens more badly injured after Grande's concert at Manchester Arena when a suicide bomber, suspected to be 22-year-old Salman Abedi, detonated an improvised explosive device.

Police announced two new arrests on Thursday in their probe, bringing the total to eight people in custody in Britain.

Sources suggest that the authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi, 22, on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night. A woman detained on Wednesday was released without charges.

The suicide bomber was identified as Salman Abedi, born in Manchester in 1994 and of two Libyan parents, said the British Police and two United States officials as quoted by a source at the the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6.

May insisted Thursday that progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation but added the national threat level remains critical - meaning another attack may be imminent.

"I'll be returning to the incredibly courageous city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families", she wrote Friday, adding that she would release details once the plans are confirmed.

While Abedi's family was well-known in Manchester, Abedi himself did not attend many gatherings, Fadl said.

Manchester police halted their sharing of investigative information with the USA through most of Thursday until receiving fresh assurance there would be an end to leaks to the media.

And information about the identity of the assailant and the nature of the attack emerged in the US before British officials released it.

Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya, where the family originally come from.

A German magazine, meanwhile, reported that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria.

It isn't known whether anyone in the network surrounding Abedi helped him manufacture the bomb. It said the database was built around a longstanding US-British system.

"It's terrible. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing", the 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents.

It was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transportation network.

Mr Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said: "People in the community expressed concerns about the way this man was behaving and reported it in the right way using the right channels".

  • Leroy Wright