3 more arrested in Manchester; attacker's Libya ties probed

On Wednesday morning, police made three further arrests while executing warrants in South Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families. She said Britain wanted to control the flow of information to "keep the element of surprise" as security forces launched raids and made arrests in the wake of the attack, Britain's worst since 52 were killed in the July 7, 2005, bombings targeting public transportation.

Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya and possibly Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats.

Manchester police arrested a man early Wednesday at a house just a 10-minute walk from Abedi's home.

The youngest victim named so far, Saffie Rose Roussos was described by the headteacher of her school, Chris Upton, as "simply a handsome little girl in every aspect of the word".

Charlotte Campbell said they had spoken at about 8.30pm, two hours before the blast, adding: "She'd just seen the support act and said she was having an incredible time and thanking me for letting her go".

The traditional ceremony at the palace in London is a major attraction that draws crowds of tourists.

Twenty people are still in critical care, officials said on Wednesday.

US security sources, citing British intelligence officials, said Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin.

British Police on Tuesday named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the indoor venue.

Rudd also scolded USA officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were prepared to go public.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said he had "likely" been to Syria, citing information provided by British intelligence services to their counterparts in Paris.

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.

There were also reports Wednesday suggesting a possible al Qaeda link, with former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Ali Soufan, who now runs a private security consultancy, tweeting a document purportedly showing Abedi's father's name on a document linking him to the terror group.

Abedi, who was reportedly born in the U.K.to Libyan parents, is believed to have recently traveled to Libya, according to multiple media outlets that cite US officials with knowledge of the investigation.

The police said any speculation would be "unhelpful and potentially damaging" to the investigation.

"I wouldn't go that far, but I can say they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again", she added.

Among the first victims to be named following Monday night's attack at a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande were eight-year-old Saffie Roussos from Leyland and teenagers Olivia Campbell, 15, from Bury and Georgina Callander from Chorley.

Police have arrested another three men in connection with Monday's terrorism attack in Manchester amid fears there may be an explosives expert still at large in Britain who supplied the nail bomb that left 22 people dead.

Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery".

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

"(The goal) is to make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate", said London Police Commander Jane Connors.

She said armed police patrols had been increased and will be ready to respond quickly to any incidents.

Lieberman says Israel and Britain enjoy close intelligence cooperation and Israel offered its assistance following the attack.

  • Jon Douglas