Manchester Arena blast: what we know so far

Oceane Deschanel
Mai 27, 2017

British police have arrested two more men in connection with the Manchester attack, taking the number of people in custody to eight, Greater Manchester police said in a tweet on Thursday.

The BBC has reported that the man arrested yesterday is Abedi's brother Ismail.

The Greater Manchester Police said a fifth person was arrested in Wigan, located about 25 miles west of Manchester.

A terrorism expert who was briefed on the probe into this Monday's bombing at a pop concert said the device had a sophisticated mechanism similar to those used in 2016 Brussels airport and metro attacks.

Speaking Wednesday from the Libyan city of Tripoli, the father of the alleged Manchester bomber denied that his son was linked to militants or to the deadly attack.

Rudd said authorities were aware of him, to a point.

"It felt like an eternity", Harries said, but it "couldn't have been more than two, three minutes from in our seats to outside of the arena".

Abedi was known to British authorities, according to CBS News.

But Salman Abedi came back to England last week after telling his father he wanted to make a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, the source - who asked not to be named for discussing sensitive family matters - and a source in the Libyan community of Manchester, told CNN.

US Africa Command, which oversees US military involvement in Libya, is using contacts there to learn where Abedi went and whom he might have met with, US military officials said.

Speaking Tuesday night from Downing Street, May said that while investigations were ongoing as to whether Abedi had acted alone, "the work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack".

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It comes at a time when European security officials have expressed concern about sharing intelligence with the US after President Donald Trump discussed highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group with senior Russian officials visiting the White House.

It was 10:33 p.m. Monday and Grande had just wrapped up her show as jubilant fans were filing out of the exits amid a sea of pink balloons when Abedi detonated his bomb, killing him instantly, police said. Authorities were raiding properties thought to be connected to Abedi.

But former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the AP that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s.

A controlled explosion was carried out on Tuesday afternoon, as part of the investigation, at an address in Fallowfield.

"We understand that feelings are very raw right now and people are looking for answers", he said.

Mr Collomb said: "We only know what the British investigators have told us".

Mahmoud said the imam regularly preached against radicalization. Armed police patrolled outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

Officials said all of the bombing victims have been identified, but names were being withheld until autopsies were completed.

Still, their stories began to emerge: Michelle Kiss, a mother of three whose "family was her life;" Nell Jones, an "always smiling" teenager; Martyn Hett, who packed life "to the brim with his passions;" Jane Tweddle, a "bubbly, kind, welcoming" receptionist.

"Historically, and almost philosophically, the USA and United Kingdom intel services follow different paths", the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about the investigation.

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