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Manchester attack: Bomber's father, brother arrested in Libya

27 Мая 2017

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.

American pop singer Ariana Grande has suspended her world tour until June 5 in the wake of the deadly attack at her concert in Manchester that claimed the lives of 22 people, including children.

Yesterday, police accelerated their hunt for co-plotters of the bombing, making more arrests, searching for a possible clandestine bomb factory and extending the investigation to Libya.

The newspaper's report carried detailed information about the device and how it appears the young Manchester man might have carried out the attack, including preliminary findings by the British authorities that the small detonator switch was found in the bomber's left hand.

Britain routinely shares intelligence with the United States, and also as part of the "Five Eyes" network which also includes Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Ariana Grande says she'll return to Manchester for a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of Monday's bombing and their families.

Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reports that British-born Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any worldwide watch list.

Her comments came after British officials said they would no longer share intelligence on the attack with USA officials after information was leaked tot he US media.

The outlet reported the leaks sparked outrage in Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, and British police chiefs.

- A 38-year-old man arrested in Blackley, north-east Manchester, on Thursday.

He said: "When the bang went I heard screaming and shouting and then they took the woman out".

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Queen Elizabeth II has arrived at a children's hospital to visit those injured in the Manchester Arena blast and the medical staff treating them.

The New York Times published detailed pictures of the crime scene, including the remains of the suspected bomb and the rucksack worn by the suicide bomber. The note suggested a severe rupture in trust between Britain and the United States, who have traditionally shared intelligence at the highest levels.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd complained the leaks could cost police "the element of surprise" in their bid to prevent future attacks.

Britain's National Police Chiefs' Council warned on Wednesday that the "underauthorised disclosure" of potential evidence was a breach of trust that had potentially undermined a "major counter-terrorism investigation".

As a portrait of the alleged bomber emerged, it was complicated by contradictory accounts over whether Abedi held views that had sparked concern before Monday's attack.

Officers also raided a property in the Moss Side area of the city early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion.

Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya, where the family originally come from. A woman was also arrested bu released without charge.

The senior Abedi denied that his son Salman had links to militants, telling the AP in an interview "we don't believe in killing innocents" before being taken into custody in Libya, along with another son, Hashim.

Armed police officers stand near the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing on Tuesday.

Grande's next engagements were two nights at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday and Friday before heading to mainland Europe.

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