'Broken' Ariana Grande has suspended her world tour after deadly Manchester attack

Marco Green
May 25, 2017

A spokesman for Libya's Special Deterrent force tells The Associated Press and Reuters that Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, and his brother Hashim have been detained for questioning in Tripoli.

She said she had heard from her daughter during the concert.

"In some of my conversations that I've had with people who are following this very closely, the feeling is that they were aware of the bomber, but they didn't think that he had the ability to pull off something like this, something of such sophistication and something so effective and deadly". Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the USA government's Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.

He confirmed that another son, Ismail, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Manchester.

The day would also bring questions: about security at the venue, about Abedi's background, and about the implications for a country heading to the polls on June 8 for a general election in which national security had been only a fringe issue.

"It's very clear this is a network we are investigating", Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. Other details also surfaced first because of leaks in Washington. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015.

"The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large-scale, fast-moving and making good progress", Rowley said. The Briton blew himself up at a military base in Iraq in February.

Another possible link under investigation is whether Abedi had ties to Raphael Hostey, a jihadist recruiter who was killed in Syria, the officials said.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said bomber Salman Abedi was known "up to a point" to the British intelligence services and police.

British officials hadn't, for example, released the name of the bomber until it surfaced in the USA media based on leaks from US officials briefed by their British counterparts.

Early Wednesday, police said three more men had been arrested "after police executed warrants in South Manchester" - the same area of the city where the suspected suicide bomber is believed to have lived. It was unclear whether Abedi was under surveillance as recently as the attack.

A European security official said "having a USA leak when the situation has developed in the U.K.is nothing new". Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the US government's Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.

Since the atrocity, some information relating to it has come out from America rather than from the British police or security services. Customs and Border Protection has access to a broad array of air travel information through the US government's National Targeting Center.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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