Manchester terror attack: United Kingdom police make seventh arrest

Armed police on guard prior to the start of the Great City Games at Deansgate in Manchester England Friday

Armed police on guard prior to the start of the Great City Games at Deansgate in Manchester England Friday

Greater Manchester Police said late Wednesday that six men and one woman had been arrested in a series of counterterror raids across Manchester's sprawling suburbs.

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

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, identified as British-born ethnic Libyan Salman Abedi, "likely" did not act alone when he killed 22 people and wounded dozens at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester.

Manchester United's Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm went ahead Wednesday under tight security.

The club dedicated their trophy to those killed, while manager Jose Mourinho said they would gladly exchange it if it could bring their lives back.

"I heard the news that they are suspecting he was the bomber", the elder Abedi said.

They were described vaguely as "law enforcement images" by the New York Times, but the paper did not otherwise say how they had been obtained.

But after of the bomber's identity and details of the probe were leaked, the intelligence-sharing relationship between close allies London and Washington was left rocking. "These images leaked from inside the USA system will be distressing for victims, their families and the wider public".

The National Police Chiefs' Council said the leaks undermines the investigation into the terror attack.

The attacker, 52-year-old Khalid Masood, fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead by police outside parliament.

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The Libyan anti-terror force that arrested the men said in a statement that the brother, Hashim Abedi, 18, confessed that he and his brother were linked to the Islamic State group and that he was aware of the arena bombing plan.

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.

The images were taken in Manchester's Arndale shopping centre at around 8pm last Friday, three days before the bombing.

Whitehall has said it is "furious" after a number of sensitive materials were leaked by USA officials to press in America, in an uncharacteristically strongly-worded statement. Investigators did not name Abedi as the suspect until the day after the bombing.

"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said in a press briefing. Azhar Mahmoud, who prays at the mosque in southern Manchester, said it was "horrible" that Abedi was associated with it.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had become radicalised after a trip to Libya and probably Syria, according to information received from British intelligence services.

"In any case, the links with Daesh are proven", he said, using a term for IS. Britain's terror threat level was raised to "critical" - the highest level - on Tuesday over concern another attack could be imminent.

Armed troops were sent to guard key sites, a rare sight in mainland Britain.

After the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, May is heading to the G7 gathering in Italy on Friday. The youngest known of those killed was just 8. Twelve of the injured are aged under 16.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussis is so far the youngest named victim.

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