Death Toll from Ariana Grande Concert Bombing Could Rise

The investigation has reportedly recovered CCTV footage showing the suspected bomber, Salman Abedi, striding into the foyer of the Manchester Arena at 10.30pm on Monday and detonating a home-made explosive device.

The police carried out a controlled explosion near the arena at 1.35am, on what turned out to be a pile of abandoned clothing. He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.

Mr Hopkins said police are carrying out extensive searches across Manchester as part of their probe.

In Monday night's attack, 22 people died and almost 60 were sent to hospitals after an explosion struck in the area between the concert venue and the adjacent transit station.

"There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbour. and I realised there is something wrong here", he said.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had travelled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

A leading theory is that the attacker may have received specialist training overseas or that there is a technician in the United Kingdom who constructed the bomb, the Western official said.

At Manchester's Didsbury Mosque, where the Abedi family worshipped, the bombing was condemned and reports that the suspected bomber had worked there were denied.


British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to raise the issue with Trump during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday (25 May) in Brussels. The arrests come after Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level to "critical", the highest setting.

The father has not been charged and was only detained for questioning, Special Deterrent force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem said. Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.

"So it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again".

In addition to those killed in the concert attack, Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after the attack. But Greater Manchester Police said it could not formally name the victims until forensic post-mortems were concluded, which will take four to five days.

"There is damage to major organs, major injuries in terms of limbs and some of these individuals are going to need very long-term care and support".

Officials said all the dead and wounded had been identified.

The head of Britain's domestic intelligence agency MI5, Andrew Parker, cancelled his attendance at an worldwide anti-terrorism meeting in Germany this week as intelligence forces work round the clock on the Manchester attack investigation.The Palace of Westminster, which houses the UK Parliament, has been closed to the public for regular tours following police advice, and will not re-open until further notice, a statement on its website said.


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