Police now say that the suspected bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who died in the attack, was part of a network. But he said there were still “gaps in our understanding” of the plot, as investigators probed Abedi’s potential links to jihadis in Britain, Europe, Libya and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, British police said they arrested two more men early Thursday in connection with the deadly attack at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
The victims of the atrocity included seven children, aged between eight and 18, an off-duty police woman and parents picking up their children.
Britain’s security level has been upgraded to “critical” meaning officials believe another attack may be imminent.
Some hours later, police cordoned off a large area in the Moss Side area of south Manchester and houses were evacuated with a bomb disposal unit sent to the scene.
In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedi’s younger brother 20-year-old Hashem and their father, Ramadan, are being held by special forces linked to the country’s interior ministry.
Mr Hopkins confirmed that one of the victims of the attack was a serving police officer but provided no further details.
Grande also announced that she will perform a Manchester benefit concert in honor of the victims and their families, but did not mention a specific date.
Amber Rudd told Sky News that United States officials provided information to media that Britain preferred to keep confidential for reasons of operational security.
The pictures published by the New York Times included remains of the bomb and of the rucksack carried by the suicide bomber, and showed blood stains amid the wreckage. He criticized media for publishing such material. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had “likely” been to Syria after the trip to Libya, citing information provided by British intelligence services to their counterparts in Paris.
The newspaper noted the times Abedi had been reported. It said the database was built around a longstanding U.S.
The U.K.’s home secretary, Amber Rudd, told the BBC Radio on Wednesday that she found the leaks “irritating” because it could hurt the integrity of the investigation and ultimately “the element of surprise” to catch other suspected terrorists.
In the photos released by Greater Manchester Police, a mustachioed Abedi is wearing a brown hat, jeans, glasses and a black Hollister vest.
A community worker who knew Abedi had been anxious he was “supporting terrorism” and had expressed the view that “being a suicide bomber was ok”, the BBC reported late on Wednesday.