United States leaks on Manchester investigation 'irritating,' UK Home Secretary says

Olive Rios
May 24, 2017

Intelligence experts believe the device detonated at a concert by the pop singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday night was so sophisticated that Abedi must have either been given specialist training overseas or used a bomb made by a technician who has not yet been captured.

Abedi is believed to have died in the powerful blast, though he has not yet been formally identified by the coroner, Manchester police said.

The suicide bomber who caused carnage at the Manchester Arena was named by police late Tuesday as Salman Abedi.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, he said: "I am proud that there have been so many instances already of people trying to help in terrible circumstances".

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but there were contradictions in its accounts of the action and a telling lack of detail.

Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year's Eve 1994, the son of a Libyan couple who had fled to Britain to escape the Gaddafi regime.

An eight-year-old who died in the Manchester terror attack was described as "simply a lovely little girl" by her head teacher.

Police staged an armed raid on a Manchester address believed to be where Abedi lived, carrying out a controlled explosion to gain entry after arresting a 23-year-old man earlier Tuesday as part of the investigation.

She said the "reality" of the situation is that police must be ready to respond quickly with armed officers.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m.by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

Police are trying to establish if bomber Salman Abedi acted alone or whether there could be a risk of further attacks.

WATCH: The Manchester terror attack killed 22 people and injured 59 other at an Ariana Grande concert.

Asked if the leaks from U.S. officials had compromised the ongoing investigation, Rudd said she "wouldn't go that far".

Jon Rouse of the agency said 64 people were still hospitalized.

Yesterday York College student Alex Klis said she was looking for her parents Angelika and Marcin, who had been missing since the attack.

Michael reported from Cairo and Katz reported from London.

Attacks in cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have shocked Europeans already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration and pockets of domestic Islamic radicalism.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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