Manchester bombing: Eight arrested over terrorist attack

Manchester bombing: Eight arrested over terrorist attack

Police now say that the suspected bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who died in the attack, was part of a network. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said the man had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria as well. Abedi had been in Libya in the weeks before the attack, and German magazine Focus, citing unnamed federal security source, reported that he passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the bombing.

British investigators are hunting for potential conspirators linked to the bombing that killed 22 people in a search that is exploring the possibility that the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacks was also to blame for the Manchester Arena attack, two officials familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

In the wake of the heightened terror threat, Chelsea football club cancelled a victory parade, planned for Sunday in London, to celebrate winning the English Premier League.

She encouraged her fans to not "operate in fear".

Initial analysis of the various elements photographed at the scene suggests that suicide bomber Salman Abedi carried "an improvised device made with forethought and care", concealed most likely within a backpack but also possibly in a vest, wrote the paper.

"As part of an ongoing search at a property in Moss Side an evacuation is now being carried in the area", police said in a statement.

Residents described Abedi as an "awkward" young man and an "isolated, dark figure" who talked to few people and traveled back and forth between Britain and Libya.

In the immediate aftermath of the barbaric attack, Ariana Grande herself tweeted that she was "broken". He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.

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"Even if the families knew about their sons' ideologies or affiliations, they wouldn't talk but keep it to themselves", he said. She loves her fans and is absolutely crushed and devastated as you can imagine. "I haven't seen police come to his house". Mohammed Saeed El-Saeiti, the imam at the Didsbury mosque where Abedi's brother Ismail had been a Quran teacher, branded the attacker as someone filled with hate. He left for the United Kingdom in 1993, returning to Libya in 2008, where he was joined by most of his family after the ouster of Qaddafi in the 2011 revolution. The younger brother's Facebook profile revealed other signs that he had an interest in the Islamic State, which has asserted responsibility for the Manchester attack. The deployment, created to free up police officers to pursue the terrorists behind the attack, is the largest on the British mainland in decades. Interior minister Amber Rudd said the official threat risk remained at its highest level, "critical", meaning another attack is expected imminently.

Meanwhile, Theresa May will confront Donald Trump over the stream of leaks of crucial intelligence about the attack when she meets the USA president at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday.

A man working in a local shop, who declined to be named, told Reuters he saw three men being taken away from the address.

In addition to those killed, 116 people have received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.

It also emerged that Tabbal, 50, graduated from Tripoli university "top of her class", it was said.

Police said relatives of all those killed had been informed and specialist officers were supporting them.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.