British-Libyan man confirmed as Manchester bomber

British-Libyan man confirmed as Manchester bomber

British-Libyan man confirmed as Manchester bomber

"It was more sophisticated than some of the horrific events that we have seen in the past or in other parts of Europe so people are reasonably wondering whether he did this on his own", she said.

British officials hadn't, for example, released the name of the bomber until it surfaced in the US media based on leaks from USA officials briefed by their British counterparts.

MANCHESTER, England/LONDON The suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, northern England, on Monday has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, British police said.

He was named by police and Prime Minister Theresa May the day after the deadly attack, which also left dozens wounded, on the concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande, who has a large teenage girl following.

"It felt like an eternity", Harries said, but it "couldn't have been more than two, three minutes from in our seats to outside of the arena". Rudd said she had complained to USA officials to make sure the flow of information is staunched.

Mrs May announced late on Tuesday that the UK's terror threat level was being raised to the highest category for the first time for almost a decade.

The Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing and said Abedi was one of their soldiers.

U.S. military officials said American and United Kingdom intelligence services, along with the Africa Command, are looking at the possibility Abedi could have met with ISIS members or operatives from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a North African militant organization.

Five arrests have been made in connection to the attack at the Ariana Grande concert.

"It looks like we're not dealing with a lone wolf situation".

She also complained about USA officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the press, saying that could hinder Britain's security services and police.

Also, the shrapnel-filled bomb Abedi set off produced very little smoke when it exploded, suggesting the main charge was a homemade explosive rather than black powder, the sources said. Twenty-two people, including a police officer, were killed.

Special Deterrent force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told the Associated Press that Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, was detained in Tripoli on Wednesday.

But former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the AP that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s.

Speaking Tuesday night from Downing Street, May said that while investigations were ongoing as to whether Abedi had acted alone, "the work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack".

According to the man, Ismail teaches Arabic classes at a mosque in the area, which his father was also said to visit.

British police, meanwhile, arrested four additional suspects on Wednesday and were assessing a package carried by one of the men, detained in Wigan, a town west of Manchester.

The suspected bomber grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there. Neighbors recalled him as tall, thin and quiet, and said he often wore traditional Islamic dress.

It comes at a time when European security officials have expressed concern about sharing intelligence with the USA after President Donald Trump discussed highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group with senior Russian officials visiting the White House.

"This is not us", the senior Abedi said.

Abedi said Salman planned to travel to Saudi Arabia and then to Libya to spend the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with family. He said his son last visited Libya about six weeks ago and had never gone to Syria.

He denied having ties to any of Libya's militant groups, including the Libya Islamic Fighting Group, which was linked to al-Qaida.

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