Manchester bomber was 'likely' acting with others

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena on Monday was exploiting a security vulnerability or soft spot that allowed him to walk into a crowd unchecked and detonate his device.

It was the deadliest terrorist incident to hit the United Kingdom since the July 7 attacks in London in 2005 and sparked a nationwide security operation amid fears further strikes could be imminent.

In a statement released by the National Police Chiefs' Council, a spokesman for National Counter Terrorism Policing said: "We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world".

A fifth man who was carrying a suspect package was then detained in Wigan, northwest of the city.

As yet no-one has been charged in the case and authorities have not identified the suspects. The neighborhood has been home to numerous individuals who have been convicted of terrorism charges or died fighting for terrorist groups overseas.

Abedi's 23-year-old brother Ismail was arrested in Manchester on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports the brothers' father, Ramadan Abedi was also arrested in Libya, but did not offer a reason.

Their father, 51-year-old Ramadan Abedi, was also arrested in Libya on Wednesday.

A French official has confirmed that Abedi traveled to Syria.

Troops will fan out at sites such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster and foreign embassies in London to free up armed police for anti-terror duties.

After raising Britain's official terror threat level to "critical", the highest level, May will head to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and thank the Western military alliance for its support following a suicide bombing attack in Manchester. Mr. Prince said the apartment is regularly rented out on Airbnb but he had not seen the latest occupant.

But believe me, as a family of humanity, it would be useless to take measures without pursuing the above-mentioned questions, and it would be impossible to continue on the path.

There is a strong suspicion that Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old suicide bomber of Libyan origin, did not act alone but was part of a cell. At another property, a house a 10-minute walk from where Abedi lived, neighbours said they were awakened by a loud noise and saw a man hauled away in handcuffs. "There was nothing worrying at all until two days ago (when) I heard the news that they suspect he was the bomber", Abedi, the father of six children, said.

Investigators were trying to piece together the last movements of Abedi, a Manchester-born man of Libyan descent whose parents had reportedly fled the former regime of Moamer Kadhafi.

Manchester Islamic Centre and Didsbury Mosque Trustee, Fawaz Al Haffar (C), gestrures as he addresses members of the media outside of Didsbury Mosque in Didsbury, Manchester, northwest England, on May 24, 2017.

Professor Peter Neumann, director of the ICSR at King's College London, said the emerging "crime-terror nexus" was making radicalisation harder to spot for security services.

Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber had recently returned from Libya.

The minister said she was "not surprised at all" that Islamic State jihadists had claimed the attack but said there was no information yet to confirm the extremist organisation's active direction.

A Whitehall source said: "British officials and ministers are making it clear to their USA counterparts that these leaks from within the system are completely unacceptable".

A European security official said "having a US leak when the situation has developed in the U.K.is nothing new".

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