Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Manchester Police Arrest 3 Men In Connection To Arena Bombing

(Victoria Jones/PA via AP).

Monday's bombing, which killed 22 people and wounded 64, also resulted in the cancellation of next week's London premiere of the superhero film Wonder Woman and increased security for a music festival this weekend featuring pop star Katy Perry in the northern English city of Hull. The terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, which left 22 people dead, in a generic statement on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the 23-year-old announced the decision on Wednesday evening following widespread speculation that dates would be affected.

United Kingdom media reported that the woman's husband is "critically ill" and her two children were also injured in the Monday night suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena shortly after the close of the Ariana Grande show.

People pause in front of candles set up in front of floral tributes in Albert Square in Manchester.

Watch Greg Palkot's report on the attack and suspect above. The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network'.

Police made three new arrests in South Manchester on Wednesday in connection with the concert bombing.

The brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi who killed 22 people when he launched an attack at an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester has been arrested amid reports he was "planning a terror attack in the Libyan capital".

The BBC, citing unidentified intelligence sources, reported Wednesday that officials believed Abedi had been a "mule", carrying a bomb made by someone else.

Hundreds of armed military personnel meanwhile fanned out to take up guard duties at the British parliament and Buckingham Palace - a highly unusual sight on the streets of Britain since the end of the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1990s.

Britain's official terror threat level was raised on Tuesday to "critical", which is the highest level and means that an attack could be imminent. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

British security services are now trying to work out what turned Abedi, the tall, skinny son of a devout Muslim who opposed former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, into a killer.

A family friend, who asked not to be named, described him as "normal" and said they were known to the Libyan community in the city. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015.

The father and younger brother of suspected Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi have been arrested in Libya, according to multiple news outlets. "There was nothing worrying at all until two days ago (when) I heard the news that they suspect he was the bomber", Abedi, the father of six children, said.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told local broadcaster BFM that the 22-year-old is thought to have also travelled to Syria, adding that he had proven links to the so-called "Islamic State" jihadist group. It said the father had not been charged but was taken in for questioning.

The 45-year-old from Royton, Greater Manchester, was reported missing by relatives.

Olivia, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was among the first of the terrorist's victims to be named.

He said the man used to wear traditional white Islamic dress, was aged in his 20s, 6 ft. Ramadan Abedi claims his sons are innocent.

"We don't believe in killing innocents", Ramadan Abedi told the Associated Press Wednesday, speaking from Tripoli, Libya, before he was mysteriously whisked away by authorities.

He said that his son visited Libya a month-and-a-half ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia.

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