Police arrest man in connection with Manchester blast


Investigators are now working to determine if suspected bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of a much wider terror network.

Providing an update into the investigation Thursday, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins addressed the leaks saying it's distressing to the victims' families.

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Earlier a minute's silence was held across the United Kingdom in remembrance of those killed and injured, as fast moving events continue to unfold in the investigation into the Manchester bombing.

As a result of the leaks, Britain said it will no longer share intelligence regarding this attack.

"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling".

British police and security services are also upset that the name of British bomber Salman Abedi was apparently leaked by USA officials and published while police in Britain were withholding the name for operational security.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the blast widened.

Authorities chased possible links between Abedi and militants in Manchester, elsewhere in Europe, and in North Africa and the Middle East.

Authorities are also looking into Abedi's relationships with several known militants, including Raphael Hostey, an ISIS recruiter who was killed in a drone strike in Syria previous year.

A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.

An emerging portrait of the bomber remained complicated by competing assessments over whether Abedi held views that had sparked concern before the bombing.

France's interior minister said Wednesday that Abedi had "most likely" travelled to Syria, a stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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"There was a sermon about anti-Daesh (IS) and he stood up and started calling the Imam - 'You are talking bollocks, '" Ramadan said.

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, though it was not clear where those came from.

Ahmed bin Salem, the spokesman of a Libyan anti-terror force, says the father of Salman Abedi, Hashim, was detained yesterday.

Asked if he believed Abedi had the support of a network, Collomb said: "That is not known yet, but perhaps".

He says Abedi "was giving farewell".

Greater Manchester Police tweeted that the man was taken into custody in the suburb of Moss Side. She said she plans to "make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure". "They are unjust to the Arabs".

A relative told Agence France-Presse that Abedi had travelled to Manchester from Libya four days before the bombing.

Before his arrest, their father, Ramadan Abedi, said his son was innocent.

A minute's silence was observed in honour of the victims at a square in central Manchester, after which crowds broke into an emotional chorus of "Don't Look Back in Anger", an old hit song by the band Oasis who are from the city.

"It's awful. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing", the 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents.

Grande, 23, said in a message on her Instagram account that a date for the concert had not yet been worked out.

Monday's suicide bombing, which killed 22 people and injured more than 100, many of them young people, took place just after Grande had finished performing.