Father of alleged Manchester bomber arrested

Nick Mcbride
May 25, 2017

"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", she said, calling it "irritating" when information was released from other sources as British authorities worked on the ongoing investigation.

Sixty-four people are still hospitalized, Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said Wednesday.

Twenty-two people were killed and dozens more seriously injured when Abedi, 22, detonated a device as fans left Manchester Arena, where USA star Ariana Grande was performing on Monday night.

News.com.au reported on Thursday that Salman's younger brother Hashem was arrested in Libya's capital Tripoli on Tuesday night. He fled Libya in 1993 when the forces of Muammar el-Qaddafi issued a warrant for his arrest and received political asylum in Britain, where Salman Abedi was born and raised. The British newspaper reports that in 2001, he returned briefly to the country, where he fought Gadhafi's soldiers as part of the al-Qaida-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting group.

Multiple U.S. officials with knowledge of his travel say he had previously been in Libya and may also have traveled to Syria.

The New York Times published photos of the bomb materials from the scene of the explosion on Wednesday. Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years.

There were 22 killed and 119 injured when Salman Abedi detonated an IED in the foyer as fans exited the arena following the concert.

As a result, officials in the United Kingdom raised the country's threat level to "critical" - the highest it can go.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May increased the threat level to "critical", indicating that an attack could be imminent.

The investigation into the Manchester Arena atrocity has continued apace as security agencies swooped on the suicide bomber's suspected network. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere.

Authorities said they were also attempting to determine if Salman Abedi had any ties to Raphael Hostey, a British recruiter for ISIS who died previous year during a drone strike, according to the New York Times.

The BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself.

British police have arrested two more men in connection with the Manchester attack, taking the number of people in custody to eight, Greater Manchester police said. Police said they were assessing a package carried by the man in Wigan.

Britain's threat level has only reached "critical" twice before.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Abedi "likely" did not act alone in the strike at the close of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night and that he had been known to security forces "up to a point".

Lapan said the Homeland Security Department has shared some information about Abedi's travel with the British government, but declined to offer specifics.

Other reports by VgToday

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