Manchester Bomber Called Mom Before Attack


Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the arrests were significant.

Authorities believe he had help in building the bomb, which photographs published by the New York Times showed was sophisticated and powerful, and that his accomplices could be ready to strike again. The British newspaper reports that in 2001, he returned briefly to the country, where he fought Gadhafi's soldiers as part of the al-Qaida-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting group.

Prime Minister Theresa May also criticized the leak, which followed the naming of the main suspect by US media before British authorities.

British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to raise the issue with Trump during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday (25 May) in Brussels.

The British government has expressed its anger at the release in U.S. media of details from the investigation into Monday's concert attack, including photographs of parts of the bomb which left 22 people dead, including children.

Abedi flew to Manchester via the German city of Dusseldorf, a German police spokesman confirmed Thursday.

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The man, whose identity remains unknown, is one of nine men who are being held for questioning in England following Monday's attack. A third brother, Ismail, has also been arrested after police raids in the UK.

"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation", a National Counter Terrorism Policing spokesman said in a statement.

Most of the victims have now been named. The youngest victim was just 8 years old.

The massacre was the worst terrorist atrocity to hit Britain since the 7 July attacks in London in 2005.

Among the dead is 8-year-old Saffie Roussos and 18-year-old Georgina Collander, who took a picture with Grande two years ago.

"I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non stop over the past week", the singer wrote.