Ariana Grande to Perform Benefit Concert for Manchester Victims


American singer Ariana Grande has said she will return to the "incredibly brave" city of Manchester to play a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack and their families.

The singer was scheduled to perform in two shows at London's O2 Arena on Thursday and Friday, but in a statement obtained by CNNMoney, Grande said she's canceled all shows through June 5.

The Abedi family, however, is a close friend to the family of al-Qaida veteran Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched by USA special forces off a Tripoli street in 2013 then died in United States custody in 2015.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people and wounded dozens at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester, had been known to security forces "up to a point".

Salman Abedi's father Ramadan Abedi has also been arrested.

One couple was waiting just outside the arena to pick up their daughter and granddaughter from the concert when the bomb went off.

Britain on Tuesday raised its threat level from terrorism to "critical" amid concerns that the 22-year-old Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack.

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"We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh [an Arabic name for the Islamic State group] with his brother".

Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun carried pictures Wednesday of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was killed in the attack, and of Abedi under the words "PURE" and "EVIL" respectively.

The Manchester attack underscores terror threats on Western targets remain real, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Coats told a Senate panel Tuesday. "He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack".

Four more men have been arrested in connection to the deadly Manchester suicide bombing.

Seven people have been held in the United Kingdom and Libya since Monday's blast, which claimed 22 lives and injured dozens of people.

Salman Abedi blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert.

United Kingdom authorities have also beefed up security at key locations around the country to prevent another possible terrorist attack.