Manchester bombing: Eight arrested over terrorist attack

Lawrence Kim
May 25, 2017

A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said younger brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with the Islamic State and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in Tripoli.

Abdel-Basit Haroun, the former security official, said Wednesday he personally knew the elder Abedi.

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

A tight-lipped Home Office declined to comment on the suggestion the intelligence had been leaked by USA authorities, just hours after Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned American officials not to share details about terror attacks, such as the Manchester bombing, before their United Kingdom counterparts.

Police in Manchester raided properties believed to be connected to Abedi, arresting three men earlier Wednesday.

Manchester police announced Wednesday it is "very clear" that Abedi was part of a larger terrorist network. It was not clear why police had arrested any of the men. "Our unity in responding to common threats is our most potent weapon", she is expected to say. Five others have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Under Britain's Operation Temperer, army troops may be moved in to replace police officers who now guard "key sites" such as sports stadiums and major entertainment venues.

Hopkins' statement is the strongest yet by an official in confirming accused suicide bomber Salman Abedi did not act alone. Sixty-four people remain hospitalized, Rouse added.

Grande's manager. Scooter Braun, said in an Instagram post late Wednesday the last 48 hours "have been beyond devastating". The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed instead of police to high-profile sites in London and elsewhere.

The BBC reported that her husband is critically ill and her two children injured. Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery". May said Abedi was born and raised in Britain and security officials said he was of Libyan descent.

Soldiers were placed on duty at vulnerable locations including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster.

Manchester police, meanwhile, made several new arrests.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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