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Ariana Grande announces benefit concert in honour of the victims

Ariana Grande announces benefit concert in honour of the victims”

The leak of intelligence to the U.S. media has also angered British anti-terror police chiefs.

The Libyan anti-terror force that arrested the men said in a statement that the brother, Hashim Abedi, 18, confessed that he and his brother were linked to the Islamic State group and that he was aware of the arena bombing plan.

Born in Britain to a devoutly Muslim Libyan family, Abedi was an "isolated, quiet, reserved individual" according to Mohamed Fadil, a spokesman for the Libyan community in Manchester.

The BBC reported that British police had stopped sharing information about the Manchester bombing with the United States, due to anger over the detailed disclosures.

Manchester police, meanwhile, made several new arrests.

USA officials also leaked Abedi's name to the media earlier this week, before it had been released in the U.K. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd complained that such leaks could cost police "the element of surprise" in their bid to prevent future attacks.

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.

A British official said Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the probe with the United States because of leaks blamed on USA officials.

The US military launched an airstrike on an airbase close to the city of Homs in early April, in an operation President Donald Trump said was in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.

Police are expected to be investigating if the bomb was assembled at the address.

Abedi also said he was sure Salman had not been a member of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

A teenage boy and a woman arrested by British police this week have since been released without charge, leaving eight in custody on United Kingdom soil who were arrested "on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act".

- Masked police arrest a 24-year-old man in the Chorlton area of South Manchester near where Abedi is believed to have lived.

The woman was subsequently released without charge in the early hours of Thursday. Eight people are being held in the U.K.in connection with the attack. She was scheduled to perform in London Thursday and Friday.

What's happening with the investigation?

British police have arrested a "large part of the network" behind this week's Man-chester suicide bombing but more arrests are likely, the country's top counter-terrorism officer said yesterday.

"I was very annoyed with him", Norris said, adding that worshippers at his mosque were forbidden to engage in conversations or preaching about politics. "There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester, as we speak".

British police have stopped sharing information about the Manchester Arena bombing investigation with the USA after leaks to the media, the BBC reported Thursday.

Some of the victims had been making their way outside at the end of the Ariana Grande gig when Abedi detonated his "nuts-and-bolts" bomb.

Cillian, aged 16, was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, and although he has since been given the all clear, he attended the Manchester concert after he was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to see Ariana Grande. Queen Elizabeth II visited victims of the attack at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, telling 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents: "It's awful".

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.

Of the 64 injured, 20 are in a critical condition. Twelve of them are children.



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