Father, brothers of alleged Manchester bomber arrested

Henrietta Brewer
May 30, 2017

Manchester police halted their sharing of investigative information with the USA through most of Thursday until receiving fresh assurance there would be an end to leaks to the media.

Counter-terror police chiefs said the leak undermined their investigation and victims' and witnesses' confidence.

Emergency services personnel speak to people outside Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday, May 22, 2017.

The pictures included the remains of the suspected bomb, the rucksack worn by the suicide bomber and showed blood stains amid the wreckage.

The BBC said Manchester Police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but is now furious.

American pop star Ariana Grande has issued an official statement after 22 people were killed at her concert at Manchester Arena, vowing to return to the "brave city" for a benefit concert to help the victims and their loved ones.

On the investigation front, Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area south of the city.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, arriving at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, said the countries' partnership on defense and security was built on trust, but "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently".

Libyan authorities have detained the alleged suicide bomber's father as well as a brother, sources in Libya have said.

Grande said, in response to "this violence" that she wanted to spend time with her fans and to see the "beautiful, diverse, pure happy crowd" once again. His older brother, 23-year-old Ismail, was arrested by Manchester police on Tuesday.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, many across Britain fell silent and bowed their heads for a minute in tribute to the victims of Monday night's bombing. He was the son of Libyan parents who migrated to Britain in the early 1990s.

Manchester's Libyan community held a meeting Wednesday night on combating radicalism, he said.

Medis reports also claim the brother's father was also arrested in Libya.

Grande canceled two weeks of concerts, including two shows in London, after the attacks.

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