New developments in Manchester attack probe

Details of the intelligence agencies' knowledge of Abedi came as police hunting the "network" behind his attack said they had made "significant" arrests and seized "very important" items in raids linked to the investigation.

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Hopkins did not elaborate on the material that has been found so far.

According to the Guardian, Prime Minister Theresa May will confront US President Donald Trump over the stream of leaks of crucial intelligence when the pair meet Thursday at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting in Brussels.

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Suicide bomber Salman Abedi spent his final moments before his attack in a rental apartment in the centre of Manchester.

Among those taken into custody in Libya were the suspected bomber's father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terror authorities said.

The Times story was published after Rudd rebuked the USA for naming of suspected suicide bomber hours before United Kingdom authorities were ready to share it. Police hit out on Wednesday at what they said was the publication of evidence in a live investigation.

The White House had no immediate comment on the Manchester decision.

Prescott added that Theresa May wanted to expand intelligence sharing but the leaks had called into question whether even the current set-up was appropriate. It was unclear whether she also is suspected of a connection to Abedi, who grew up in Manchester, or to Abrini, who is believed to have visited the English city in 2015. "We have strict guidelines on how and in what ways we cover sensitive stories".

The younger brother's Facebook profile revealed other signs that he had an interest in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has claimed credit for the Manchester attack.

"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation", a National Counter Terrorism Policing spokesman said in a statement. "When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships and undermines our investigations".

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Police are expected to be investigating if the bomb was assembled at the address.

"The public should remain vigilant", May said, speaking after a meeting of the government's crisis committee.

Around the United Kingdom, many fell silent Thursday for a late-morning minute in tribute to the victims. Crowds gathered at well-known sites including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares and Manchester's Albert Square.

"It's thought he flew in from Manchester and flew back from Dusseldorf to Manchester". Queen Elizabeth II visited victims of the attack at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, telling 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents: "It's terrible". Police say he was part of a network and they are racing to track down his links.

"Abedi appears not intelligent enough to have built this bomb himself". And, authorities are now examining a potential connection between Abedi and Mohamed Abrini, believed to be one of the key plotters behind the 2015 Bataclan concert hall attack in Paris, as well as a dual suicide bombing that rocked a train station and the main global airport in Brussels in March of that year.

He said he heard that Salman's father took his son's passport away amid concerns about Salman's close ties to extremists and criminals, but had no proof of that.

On Wednesday, a series of raids were executed across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton, Warwickshire, while relatives of bomber Salman Abedi were detained in Libya.

He said his neighbours were a "nice quiet family".

In the early hours of Thursday morning, counter-terror police carried out a controlled explosion at a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester, although no arrests were reported by police.

Rudd also scolded USA officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were ready to go public.

"It appears he wasn't on an worldwide terror watch list, so was free to come and go, seemingly around Europe".

That teenager, Abdulwahab Hafidah, was stabbed in the neck in what local media reports called retaliation for his having gone into rival gang territory.

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