United Kingdom police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe

  • United Kingdom police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe

United Kingdom police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe

Jomana Abedi, 18, described her older brother Salman as kind and loving and said she was surprised that he had detonated a suicide bomb, killing 22 people after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday.

But the public "should remain vigilant", May said during a brief televised address after a meeting of the government's COBRA crisis committee. The UK threat level is at its highest level, meaning another attack may be imminent.

Salman's 20-year-old brother Hashem was arrested in Libya late Tuesday night, according to officials there, who said the young man told authorities that he had been involved in planning the attack on the concert hall in Manchester.

After the images were published, the National Police Chiefs' Council was forced to released an nearly equally angry statement condemning the leak.

Images obtained by The New York Times newspaper showed a detonator that bomber Salman Abedi was said to have carried in his left hand, shrapnel including nuts and screws, and the shredded remains of a blue backpack.

Corbyn, who has a long record of voting against United Kingdom military intervention overseas, said a Labour government would "change what we do abroad" if elected, while acknowledging that no government can prevent every attack and that terrorism has many causes.

A forensic officer works near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Since then pictures of the debris - which appear to show bloodstained fragments from the bomb and the backpack used to hide it - were subsequently leaked to the New York Times.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, Salman Abedi, "likely" did not act alone in the attack. Due to the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement, it is then passed on to the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. "He really liked them", said Mohammad Fadi, 25, standing in front of the mosque where the family had worshiped. "Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together", the statement said.

Several news outlets have revealed the assailant as a British national of Libyan descent, but police officials have declined to provide any further details.

"We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world", a spokesperson said.

Police are also investigating whether ISIL recruiters are operating in Manchester. He was also detained by Libyan militia on Wednesday, authorities said, although it was not clear on what charges.

"To do that you need to be able to absolutely focus on getting to the rest of this network - if it is a larger network - as quickly as possible and that's not helped by any premature release of some of the details".

Police didn't provide any further information or say where Abedi was coming from when he landed in the west German city.

Other Manchester connections under investigation, the officials said, include a 50-year-old former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ronald Fiddler, also known as Jamal al-Harith.

British officials are upset that bomber Salman Abedi's name was leaked by US officials and published while United Kingdom police were withholding the name for reasons of operational security.

"I think he saw children-Muslim children-dying everywhere, and wanted revenge", Miss Abedi told the paper. He said his son last visited Libya about six weeks ago and had never gone to Syria.

"When arrested, the man was carrying a package which we are now assessing".

Two people have been released without being charged, Greater Manchester police said.

The arrests came after detectives carried out a controlled explosion as they searched a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Thursday.