Manchester attack arrests "significant", important items found

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said she intends to address intelligence leaks related to the Manchester attack when she meets with U.S. President Donald Trump for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation talks later Thursday. To meet their friends they've made online. Photo: Reuters Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena.

Manchester-born Salman Abedi launched the attack on young fans attending a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande in the latest atrocity claimed by the Islamic State group in Europe. GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins on Wednesday said authorities are investigating a "network" that could be involved in the attack, while Rudd on Wednesday said Abedi "likely" had accomplices. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders.

British police and intelligence agencies arrested three more suspects yesterday in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing and moved quickly to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.

"In the past five days, we have gathered significant information about Abedi, his associates, his finances, the places he had been, how the device was built and the wider conspiracy", they said in a statement. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, though British authorities have not determined whether he was truly associated with them or received any assistance while building his bomb or plotting his crime. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack a "sickening act targeting children and young people".

"The police will be the first to know", he said before Friday afternoon prayers.

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

"There will be more arrests and there will be more searches", he said. All are men, aged between 18 and 44.

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

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Hopkins did not elaborate on what police had discovered in the searches of homes and properties linked to those arrested.

The Manchester attacker traveled to Germany at least twice, local media reported.

"We thought he must have been a drug dealer or doing witchcraft", El-Hudarey told the BBC.

In Berlin, former U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a message of solidarity to the Manchester bombing victims. "But I grew up in Ireland, so bombs did go off there and life does go on".

'I am very unhappy knowing that he has come here and prayed here, and seeing him reading the Koran and so on, and the next minute you hear he blew up and 22 people are killed, ' Norris told the broadcaster.

Manchester slowly returned to normal, though the damaged arena and adjacent Victoria train station remained closed.

British officials say that have received assurances from US authorities that confidential material will be protected.

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