Manchester Arena blast: Police were tipped off about bomber

Eight suspects aged 18-38 being held in Manchester bomb probe

Eight suspects aged 18-38 being held in Manchester bomb probe

Police have arrested six more suspects in Libya and Britain, including the father and brother of the man believed to have carried a bomb into Manchester Arena, as the attack was linked to a terrorist network.

Salman Abedi, a Manchester-born 22-year-old, blew himself up outside the stadium at the end of an Ariana Grande concert held there on Monday, local time.

Authorities identified the suicide bomber in the deadly blast at a Manchester, England, concert, but it's not yet clear whether the Islamic State's claim of responsibility for the blast is valid.

Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi.

The Facebook statement says Hashim left Britain for Libya in April.

"The father, Ramadan Abedi, has also just been arrested", said Ahmed bin Salem, a spokesman for the police of Libya's Government of National Accord.

In addition to those killed, officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after the attack, 20 of them with critical injuries.

But Greater Manchester Police said Wednesday that it could not formally name the victims until forensic post-mortems are concluded. Five arrests have been made in connection to the attack at the Ariana Grande concert.

Ismail was arrested by armed police in Chorlton, south Manchester.

But he said: "It's unbelievable that you get a guy from here, who's been here, who's done such a bad thing".

"In any case, the links with Daesh are proven", Collomb said, using another term for the Islamic State group.

Poland's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that at least two Polish citizens died and one was among the 59 injured in the attack in the northern English city.

Meanwhile, eight of the 22 victims of the attack are known to be eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, Lisa Lees, 50- year-old Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 29-year-old Martyn Hett, 15- year-old Olivia Campbell, 32-year-old Kelly Brewster, 28- year-old John Atkinson, and 18-year-old Georgina Callander.

Hopkins confirmed on Wednesday that an off-duty policewoman was among those who died.

The terror threat level in the United Kingdom was yesterday raised to its highest level, critical, with Prime Minister Theresa May saying a further attack was likely and possibly imminent.

The Home Secretary said 984 military personnel were being deployed around the country.

Hours after the arena attack a man set fire to the entrance of a mosque in the Oldham area of the city, according to a video published by the Manchester Evening News.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified. US security officials said Abedi also had a sister named Jomana.

Sixty-four people are still hospitalized, said Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, many with serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support". Britain's interior minister said earlier that he had recently returned from Libya and had likely not acted alone.

"We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (ISIS) with his brother".

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