June 23, 2017

Manchester attack: Police hunt 'network' behind bomber

27 May 2017, 01:36 | Grady King

Joseph Carozza, a representative from Grande's USA record label, said the singer is OK and they are investigating what happened.

Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters it was very clear that they were investigating what he called "a network".

Abedi was already known to authorities, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Wednesday.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the links to Islamic State or Syria.

British police working on the case have resumed intelligence-sharing with USA counterparts after a brief halt because of anger over leaks to us media thought by Britain to be coming from USA officials.

The summit is to be joined by US President Donald Trump, who has lambasted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for not doing more against Islamist extremism and who called those responsible for the Manchester bombing "evil losers".

The second youngest of four children, Abedi was registered as living at Elsmore Road as recently as a year ago, where police raided a downstairs red-bricked semi-detached property on Tuesday.

Hett was among 22 people killed Monday night by a bombing after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos went to the concert with her mum Lisa Roussos and sister Ashlee Bromwich, who were both injured and taken to separate hospitals.

Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation.

The central question is how Abedi came into possession of the deadly explosive device.

A second source said investigators suspect an accomplice helped Abedi build the bomb and then plot the attack. "We have made three further arrests in connection with attacks overnight".

Hashem Abedi, the attacker's younger brother, has also been arrested.

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.

The terror attack had already led to the UK's political parties suspending General Election campaigning, with polling day just over two weeks away on June 8.

Greater Manchester Police continued to raid buildings across the city on Wednesday as they close in on the terrorist network of Abedi.

An off-duty policewoman was confirmed by police to be among the victims.

Police have named the bomber as Salman Abedi, 22, who was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan origin. Non-U.S. media followed, again citing U.S. sources.

"As a result of today's operation, Merseyside Police is working very closely with community groups, community leaders, partner agencies and individuals to make sure concerns are addressed and that we provide the best possible service to local people", Superintendent Louise Harrison said.

"The last time we spoke, I told him he should come to fast during Ramadan with us in Libya, and he showed no objection", the father said, "If he had anything in his mind by that time he would've disagreed".

On Wednesday, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told a television interviewer that Abedi had traveled to Syria and had Islamic State links. The force couldn't immediately be contacted for comment.

"'We do know that he was known up to a point to the intelligence services", she told Sky News on Wednesday morning.

France, which has repeatedly been hit by devastating militant attacks since 2015, extended emergency powers.

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