New developments in Manchester attack probe

Marsha Scott
June 3, 2017

With British police investigating an alleged network linked to the British-born suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, the matter of information leaked to USA media will be taken up by British Prime Minister Theresa May when she meets President Donald Trump at a later North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, the BBC reported.

Before his arrest Ramadan had insisted his son Salman was innocent. "We have been following him for more than one month and a half", Bin Salem said.

"Historically, and almost philosophically, the US 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.

According to ITV News, Abedi's father Ramadan was detained by Libyan counter terrorism police while recording television interviews.

The Special Deterrent force said in a statement on its Facebook page that Hashim Abedi had told investigators after his arrest that both he and his brother belonged to the Islamic State group.

British-born Salman Abedi, 22, who was known to security services, killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children on Monday.

On Tuesday, authorities named Salman Abedi, 22, as the suspected bomber who carried out the attack at Manchester Arena.

Some of the clues suggesting Abedi was part of a wider terror network in Manchester have been revealed in leaked photos of the remnants of the bomb itself.

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"It appears, at least from the press reports, that neither did it go in the proper channels nor did the originating agency have the opportunity to clear language for it", he said.

Police have found more explosives that could have been used in further attacks, the Independent reported, citing security services.

Asked if the U.S. authorities had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far".

Salman's older brother Ismail Abedi, 23, who is believed to have lived at the same address, was detained by police later Tuesday in Manchester.

Dagdoug said that the two brothers do consider themselves to be members of ISIS and said that they had been studying ISIS videos online, including instructional videos that teach the viewer how to make a bomb. Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, telling 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents: "It's terrible".

A police officer stands outside Didsbury mosque in Manchester.

"We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless violence".

But Hashem told interrogators that "we knew what we were doing", Libyan officials said.

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