More Arrests in Connection with Deadly Manchester Arena Bombing

Nick Mcbride
May 26, 2017

Collomb told France's BFM television Abedi "grew up in Britain and then suddenly, after a trip to Libya and then likely to Syria, became radicalized and made a decision to carry out this attack".

Rudd also scolded USA officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were prepared to go public.

British security services are also upset that Abedi's name was apparently leaked by US officials while British police were withholding it - and while raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya, where the bomber's father lives.

British-born Abedi, 22, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by USA pop singer Ariana Grande, attended by thousands of children and teenagers.

Authorities in Britain have become increasingly angered by USA leaks from the investigation, including the bomber's name on Tuesday and the photos of blood-stained fragments from the bomb yesterday.

Asked whether the USA leaks had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".

British police have stopped sharing information on the suicide bombing in Manchester with the United States, the BBC reported on Thursday, because of fears that leaks in the US media could hinder a hunt for a possible bomb-maker still at large.

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

British officials were infuriated on Wednesday when the New York Times published forensic photographs of sophisticated bomb parts that United Kingdom authorities fear could complicate the expanding investigation into the lethal blast, in which six further arrests have been made in the United Kingdom, with two more in Libya.

The bomber's name was allegedly released by USA officials just as raids were underway both in Manchester and in Libya where the bomber's father lives.

Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties at places like Buckingham Palace and Downing Street to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation.

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British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb were published in The New York Times, although it's not clear that the paper obtained the photos from US officials.

"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling", Trump said in the statement.

The official threat level was raised after the Manchester attack to "critical", its highest level, meaning a further attack could be imminent. Crowds gathered at well-known sites including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares and Manchester's Albert Square.

The UK on Thursday held a one-minute silence at 11 a.m. local time in tribute to the attack's victims and their families.

And the prime minister very tactfully signaled her displeasure.

Fifteen-year-old Millie Robson, wearing an Ariana Grande tee shirt, told the queen she had won VIP tickets to the pop star's concert.

In addition to those killed, 116 people received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast. The National Health Service said 75 people had been hospitalized.

Investigators are chasing Abedi's potential links with jihadi militants in Manchester, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Turkey's government on Wednesday furnished British authorities with a file on Abedi, a senior Turkish official said.

Asked about reports that Abedi had recently returned from Libya, Rudd said she believed that had now been confirmed.

France's interior minister says Abedi was believed to have travelled to Syria, and U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he was part of "a cell of ISIS-inspired terrorists".

Other reports by VgToday

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