UK raises threat level to maximum, army deployed after attack

UK steps up military patrols; probes attacker's Libya ties
The Latest: UK police: All concert dead have been identified
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25 May, 2017

A Libyan counter-terrorism force on Tuesday evening arrested Abedi's younger brother, Hashem Abedi, in the Libyan capital Tripoli on suspicion of links with Islamic State, a force spokesman told Reuters in Libya.

In a poignant moment he referred to the "Mancunian way to survive" and said: "In the face of a challenge we always stand tall".

Armed police have been filmed raiding a house believed to be linked with Manchester Arena bombing suspect Salman Abedi.

Witnesses related the horror of the Manchester blast, which unleashed a stampede just as the concert ended at what is Europe's largest indoor arena, full to a capacity of 21 000.

The US singer-songwriter, who collaborated with Grande on the soundtrack for Beauty and the Beast, tweeted: "Sending love to the United Kingdom, @arianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this very bad attack. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere".

But he added: "I would say that there would probably be an immediate impact on all public gatherings of a massive size in the near future".

May spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and several other foreign leaders on Tuesday about the attack, her spokesman said.

Abedi began studying business and management at Salford University in Manchester in 2014, a source told the Press Association news agency, but he dropped out after two years and did not complete his degree.

European governing body Uefa said it had "no specific intelligence" suggesting the Europa League final would be targeted by attacks.

One of Manchester's most famous sons, Morrissey, has caused a stir after criticising politicians for their reaction to the bombing in his hometown.

The city's regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham, were among scores of Twitter users who circulated the MissinginManchester hashtag, used by people looking for family members and friends. Also, Megan Hurley, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Olivia Campbell and Kelly Brewster lost their lives.

She said she last heard from her daughter just before the concert.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the British industry umbrella group UK Music, said that music "has the power to bring people together and is so often a celebration of peace and love".

Monday's attack was the deadliest in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in 2005.

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to continue handling the response to the atrocity and will chair an emergency Cobra meeting on Wednesday morning.

"It was like a dream come true to her", Hodgson said of the concert.

Flowers and messages are left for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack in central Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017. Most of the 89 dead in the November 2015 attacks in Paris were at the Bataclan concert hall, which gunman struck during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal.


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