Ariana Grande will resume European tour on June 7

Lawrence Kim
May 25, 2017

Britain has raised its official terror threat to "critical" - meaning it is likely an attack is imminent - and is trying to uncover a suspected extremist network before it strikes again. "Making a bomb of this sort requires a certain level of expertise and competence", a source with knowledge of the British investigation told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.

She told Sky News the bomber was known "up to a point to the intelligence services" and confirmed that he had recently returned from Libya.

One of the five was carrying a package when he was arrested in the town of Wigan, 17 miles (27 km) to the west of Manchester city centre, police said.

The detention of Ramadan Abedi on Wednesday (24 May) comes just hours after he claimed his son was innocent and that he had been planning a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Bomb disposal technicians who reviewed the images for The New York Times said that a more thorough analysis of the device is hard without more information, and that assessments of the bomb could change as authorities analyse it further and if they collect more evidence. Police said they were assessing a package carried by the man in Wigan.

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a total of seven people and raided a series of addresses as part of a fast-moving probe into Monday night's horror.

Ariana Grande has postponed her tour until June 7 following the tragic explosion outside Manchester Arena Monday night at the close of her performance.

The Chelsea soccer team announced it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win this season.

Several high-profile sporting events are coming up in Britain, including the soccer FA Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium and the English rugby club competition final at Twickenham on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on June 3.

While ISIS quickly claimed credit for the attack, both British and USA authorities say they have yet to determine whether the terror group was involved.

The government said a minute's silence would be held at all official buildings at 1000 GMT on Thursday.

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.

'I've been friends with Ariana Grande's family for many, many years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article