25 May, 2017
Abedi has been working as the appointed administrative manager of Tripoli Central Security forces, which answers to the United Nations -backed government.
Many at the concert were young girls and teens enthralled by Grande's pop power.
The paper said the pictures - published just hours after British Home Secretary Amber Rudd condemned leaks to the media by U.S. officials - showed the bomb was a highly-powerful device full of shrapnel including nuts and screws. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere, replacing police, who can work on counter-terrorism duties.
Prior to his detention Ramadan Abedi confirmed that British authorities had arrested another son, Ismail, 23, on Tuesday as part of the concert attack probe.
But Hashem Abedi had been in touch with attacker Salman Abedi, Bin Salem said, and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital. The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was canceled so police officers could be re-deployed. The Palace of Westminster, which houses Parliament, was shuttered to those without passes, and tours and events were canceled until further notice. Armed police were also seen on patrol outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.
Thomas Sanderson - director of the transnational threats project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington - told the Guardian, "Suddenly you've got 10,000 reporters descending on the bomber's house when maybe the police wanted to approach it more subtly".
Officials scoured the background of the British-born ethnic Libyan identified as the bomber, saying he was likely part of a wider terrorist network.
The Times, citing CCTV footage recovered by police, said Salman Abedi had placed a suitcase in the foyer of the concert hall shortly before the explosion. A witness said he was handcuffed by armed men who drove him away in two unmarked vehicles. He said the man, in his 40s, is named Adel and has a wife and several children.
"There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbor. and I realized there is something wrong here", he said. He did not give any details on the reasons why the father was arrested. He told AFP he was "shocked" when he heard that the suspect was from there.
"We are sure our fans will understand this decision", the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation.
British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support. Among investigators' areas of interest is how often Abedi 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. Rudd said she had complained to USA officials to make sure the flow of information is staunched.
"It appears, at least from the press reports, that neither did it go in the proper channels nor did the originating agency have the opportunity to clear language for it", he said.
"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", she said.
The Manchester bombing is the worst terror attack in the United Kingdom since the London bombings in 2005 that killed 56 people. Officials said 64 people remained hospitalized, including 20 who were critically injured.