More arrests over Manchester bombing as United Kingdom raises terror alert

Posted May 28, 2017

Ariana Grande's manager took to Twitter early Thursday urging people not to live in fear and "appreciate every day" following the deadly terror attack outside of an the singer's concert in Manchester, England earlier this week.

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

A soldier stands guard at Downing Street, in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017.

The threat assessment was raised to its highest level on Tuesday after Monday night's Manchester suicide bomb attack.

The channel said its investigation revealed how Salman grew up on the same housing estates in south Manchester as a group of young men who radicalised each other - with some fighting for the IS in Syria and Iraq.

The British investigation is now reportedly focusing on who helped Abedi, and on whether the bomb-maker is still at large.

Manchester Islamic Centre board of trustees director Mohammad el-Khayat used a sermon before Friday afternoon prayers to strongly condemn the attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

A relative of the Manchester bomber warned the British authorities that he was "dangerous", according to claims in The Times. Once information is gathered, it is given to the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

Police have given no information about how the detained men may be connected to the bombing. He was arrested in April 2016.

'These images leaked from inside the USA system will be distressing for victims, their families and the wider public.

People who knew or purported to know the Abedis have been giving conflicting reports to the media.

Salman Abedi, a Libyan born in the United Kingdom, was named...

Ramadan's father has expressed support for extremist groups on his Facebook page, writing in one post, "My greetings of peace to [Jabhat] al-Nusra", referring to the former name of al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.

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

"Very few people in the community here were close to him, and therefore Salman's fanaticism wasn't something the community was aware of", he said.

Hashem had been "under surveillance for a month and a half" and "investigation teams supplied intelligence that he was planning a terrorist attack in the capital Tripoli", the Deterrence Force said on its Facebook page. A source at Whitehall said not only will the release of this information upset the families of the victims but there is a risk it will compromise the investigation.

"The focus is still the search for accomplices and the network but he could have made this bomb himself", the source told Reuters. Abedi's relative said he had spoken with his brother only, asking that his message be relayed to his mother. The suspected killers are still on trial.

He added, "I still can't believe that his son grew up to be this person".

German officials told the Financial Times Abedi arrived in the United Kingdom just four days before the attack, from Istanbul, via Dusseldorf airport.

"I was really shocked when I saw the news, I still don't believe it", Ramadan Abedi told Bloomberg.

Two friends of Abedi had become so anxious they separately telephoned the police counter-terrorism hotline five years ago and again last year, reported the BBC.