Manchester Bomber's Father Says Son Made Regular Visits to Libya

Manchester Bomber's Father Says Son Made Regular Visits to Libya

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The youngest victim of the bombing named so far was just 8 years old, and the city's police chief said Wednesday that an officer was among the victims. She said he had been known to security forces "up to a point". The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and other locations.

In Monday night's attack, 22 people died and almost 60 were sent to hospitals after an explosion struck in the area between the concert venue and the adjacent transit station.

Police said three suspects were arrested on Wednesday around Manchester, and Abedi's father told The Associated Press that Abedi's brother Ismail was arrested on Tuesday in the area.

Officials have also said that Salman also had a younger sister named Jomana Abedi, meaning Salman would be one of four siblings. A controlled explosion was carried out at the Fallowfield address on Tuesday to gain access to the home.

On Tuesday evening (May 23), The British government, wary of additional possible attacks, raised the national terror threat level to "critical".

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Investigators fear that the British-born bomber of Libyan descent was part of a wider network of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) inspired terrorists, including a bomb-maker, who may still be at large.

Four men in total have been arrested in connection with the attack.

The BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself.

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. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria. "There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak".

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership gave the higher figure on Wednesday.

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She also complained about US officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the press.

"It has now concluded, on the basis of today's investigations, that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has voiced her concern over details of the Manchester attack appearing to come out of the United States stating: "I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again".

Twenty people are in critical condition in hospital and 64 injured overall.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years.

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