British police make two more arrests after Manchester bombing

28 May 2017, 02:04 | Noah Barnes

Miley Cyrus has dedicated her performance on "The Voice US" to Ariana Grande and the victims of the suspected terrorist attack after her gig at Manchester Arena on Monday. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria as well.

Investigators were also looking into possible links between Abedi and Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan refugee from Manchester who was shot in Libya and later jailed in the United Kingdom for terror offenses, including helping Stephen Gray, a British Iraqi war veteran and Muslim covert, to join fighters in Syria.

Abedi was already known to security services, U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Wednesday.

"I would go not only because I paid for those tickets, but because a concert is where people let themselves go and have fun", Gandy, who lives in London, said in a telephone interview. The friend did not describe the nature of the father's concerns. The Times story followed several US news reports disclosing information British police and intelligence officials had chosen to withhold from the press.

"Last time I spoke to him, he sounded normal".

Libyan authorities had been following Hashem Abedi, the suspect's brother who was born 1997, for a month and a half because of suspected links to ISIS, said Ahmed Dagdoug, the spokesman for Libya's counter terror forces.

"I remember Salman at his funeral vowing revenge", a family friend told the Journal.

It comes as British authorities work to uncover the "network" behind the deadly attack, with six men in custody in England and Libya with fears a second attack may be imminent.

Salman Abedi was a loner who loved soccer, smoked pot and expressed sympathy with suicide attackers, according to reports that emerged Wednesday.

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Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins declined to comment on whether police had found the alleged maker of the explosive device but the BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself.

She was welcomed by her boyfriend, the rapper Mac Miller, before heading to her home, media reports said.

Investigators are also still trying to determine whether Abedi received support from family members.

A 23-year-old man arrested yesterday in the wake of the attack on Monday night, carried out by a bomber identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, has been confirmed as his brother Ismail Abedi. He was also detained by Libyan militia on Wednesday, authorities said, although it was not clear on what charges. Libyan officials said that Hashem knew about the planned attack. "He had the same ideology as his brother". The younger brother's Facebook profile revealed other signs that he had an interest in the Islamic State, which has asserted responsibility for the Manchester attack. Officials say 20 of them are being treated for critical injuries.

Salman Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994.

When the parents moved back to Libya a few years ago, their sons stayed behind in Manchester. He also went to University of Salford, Greater Manchester, in 2014.

"Salman was rarely seen there by other students", said community member Fadi.

In Washington, the chairman of the U.S. House's Homeland Security Committee said the bomb used in the attack suggested a "level of sophistication" that might indicate its maker had foreign training.

"This act of cowardice has no place in our religion", said Fawzi Haffar, a trustee at the Didsbury mosque.



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