Manchester bomber's brother aware of attack plans, says Libyan security force

Police and intelligence agencies are trying to determine if he was part of a network that may be planning further attacks in the coming days.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating and as I've said, it continues at pace, this extensive investigation is going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak".

Earlier in the day UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she would address repeated intelligence leaks by U.S. media when she meets President Donald Trump on Thursday.

British police have reopened information-sharing ties with the U.S. following a spat over leaked evidence from the Manchester bombing, police chiefs said. They labelled their initiative "A City United".

Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the same floor as the raided apartment, said he thought officers were looking for a woman because they "asked me if I had seen the lady next door".

Photos of the bloodstained fragments from the bomb used in Manchester Arena have been leaked by American authorities, just hours after the Government issued a warning to the U.S. not to release details of the terror investigation.

The New York Times published pictures which appeared to show parts of the bomb as well as torn fabric from the attacker's rucksack.

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.

The Beida-based government of Abdullah Thinni has come out to say that it had warned the British government that the United Kingdom was harbouring Libyan terrorists and had continued to "offer a safe haven to the members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)".

Britain's National Counter Terrorism Policing agency said in a statement that its relationships with security partners around the world "allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas".

Abedi's father and younger brother have also been arrested in Libya following the attack.

A spokesman for the Deterrence Force, which acts as Libya's Government of National Accord's police, said the brother was aware of Abedi's plan and the siblings were both members of the Islamic State jihadist group.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but there were contradictions in its accounts of the action and a telling lack of detail.


At least 22 were killed, including an eight-year-old girl, and another 119 were injured - 20 of whom are still in a critical condition.

"It seems likely, possible, that he (Abedi) wasn't doing this on his own", Rudd said on BBC radio.

Mr Burnham told BBC's Newsnight that police had made a decision to take a "cautious approach" to releasing information "and yet the first reports were coming seemingly out of the United States".

The arrest was made following searches at an address in the town of Nuneaton in central England, and is the first outside the Manchester area.

Police have so far announced six arrests and Abedi's home was raided by special forces about 12 hours after the suicide attack.

Ms Rudd confirmed Abedi had recently returned from a visit to Libya, and said the nature of the attack suggested he may have had support.

"In any case, the links with Daesh are proven", he said, using a term for IS.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday placed the country on its highest level of terror alert - "critical" - meaning a new attack is believed to be imminent.

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

Abedi had detonated a "nuts-and-bolts" bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert as children, teenagers and others were making their way out of Manchester Arena. Dozens were also wounded in the incident.

The bombing came just over two weeks before a snap general election set for June 8.

The government said a minute's silence would be held at all official buildings at 1000 GMT (6.00 a.m. ET) on Thursday.


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