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Ariana Grande cancels concerts after Manchester attack

25 May 2017

Authorities identified the suicide bomber in the deadly blast at a Manchester, England, concert, but it's not yet clear whether the Islamic State's claim of responsibility for the blast is valid. He is now a manager for the Central Security force in Tripoli.

Britain is criticizing USA intelligence officials for leaking information to journalists after a suicide attack Monday in Manchester.

The Manchester Evening News reported police believe the man responsible for making the bomb used in the attack is still at large.

One of the men was detained following searches of an address in the Withington area of the city, while another was arrested in a part of Greater Manchester that was not disclosed.

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In the south of Manchester, three more arrests, and another in Wigan tonight, followed the arrest yesterday of Abedi's older brother.

"They deserve it", she said. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and other locations. The defense ministry said the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled so that police officers can be redeployed elsewhere.

Hopkins' statement is the strongest yet by an official in confirming accused suicide bomber Salman Abedi did not act alone.

Manchester health officials announced Wednesday that 20 people remained in "critical care" after suffering from "horrific injuries".

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Britain is on its highest terror alert level following Monday's bombing, meaning another attack is thought imminent, and police are searching for the perpetrator's accomplices. Local media reports said that the Manchester Victoria Station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains have been cancelled for the time being.

The attack left 22 people dead and more than 60 others wounded. May said Abedi was born and raised in Britain and security officials said he was of Libyan descent.

The meeting, bringing together senior ministers, officials, police and security agencies, will be the fourth Cobra gathering to deal with the Manchester bombing.

The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere, replacing police, who can work on counter-terrorism duties.

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