Father, brother of alleged Manchester bomber detained in Libya

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

Explosives were found at one site, the Independent reported, citing security service sources.

Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham said that a decision had been taken early in the investigation to be cautious about putting information into the public domain.

Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents, died in the attack, which targeted young fans of Ariana Grande as they left her concert.

"Madison Square Garden (The Forum) venues has [sic] increased security measures, including a greater police presence, and is continuing to work closely with local law enforcement to ensure we remain informed of any potential concerns", said the venue in a statement.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who said Abedi had been known to British security officials, complained Wednesday about USA officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the media, saying that could hinder Britain's security services and police. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria as well.

Authorities in Britain have become increasingly angered by United States leaks from the investigation, including the bomber's name on Tuesday and the photos of blood-stained fragments from the bomb on Wednesday.

The UK's National Police Chiefs' Council slammed the "unauthorised disclosure" and said it was a breach of trust that undermines a "major counter-terrorism investigation". There had been consternation over leaks of key evidence in the US.

The BBC said Manchester police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but were furious about the leaks. "These leaks have been going on for a long time, and my administration will get to the bottom of this". The British government is investigating the source of the leaks.

Theresa May is reportedly going to speak to Donald Trump about it at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Sicily, with officials already having expressed their displeasure at lower levels.

Many European cities, including Paris, Berlin and Brussels, have suffered attacks in the past two years, underlining the importance of confidential intelligence cooperation.

Eight men have now been detained in connection with Monday's attack.

He said he spoke to his son five days ago and that he was getting ready for a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Police raids in Manchester's south uncovered materials that may have been used to make Abedi's bomb, Associated Press reports. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere.

May said around 1 000 soldiers were assisting police "providing important reassurance ahead of a bank holiday weekend of busy events".

A source close to the bombing investigation told Reuters that the focus was on whether Abedi had received help in putting together the bomb and on where it had been done.

Forensic crime scene images showing fragments from the bomb as well as a backpack allegedly used to carry it appeared in the New York Times on Thursday, and were picked up by other media outlets.

Even though the senior Abedi denied that he was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group, former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the AP on Wednesday that the elder Abedi was a member in the 1990s of the group, which had links to al-Qaida.

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