New developments in Manchester attack probe

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"It's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins told reporters.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, told The Telegraph that community members also reported Abedi to the authorities two years ago "because he thought he was involved in extremism and terrorism".

- An 18-year-old man, who police said was carrying a suspect package, is arrested in Wigan, a town near Manchester.

This has made the total number of suspects linked to the attack rise to seven so far, Xinhua news agency reported.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, arriving at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, said the countries' partnership on defence and security was built on trust, but "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently".

The 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters.

The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network.

In the Libyan capital of Tripoli, security forces arrested the bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi, as well as his younger brother, Hashem Abedi.

"Hashem helped Salman prepare for the attack", Dagdoug said.

Bin Salem said Abedi's mother told investigators her son left for the United Kingdom four days before the attack after spending a month in Libya.

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After Abedi's mother and three of his siblings were brought in for questioning, a Libyan official told of a final phone call he placed to his mother and brother just before the attack.

A vivid blue flash of the rucksack's inner lining matches crime scene pictures published by the New York Times.

Asked by BBC Radio 4's Today programme if she would "look at" what the United Kingdom tells the USA in future, she said: "Yes, quite frankly".

University dropout Abedi, 22, grew up in a Libyan family that reportedly fled to Manchester to escape the now-fallen regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

May insisted Thursday that progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation but added the national threat level remains critical - meaning another attack may be imminent.

The reports date back five years, when two youth workers are said to have phoned an anti-terrorism hotline to report concerns over Adebi's "extreme views" whilst he was completing his last year at school, the BBC has reported.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the leaks had anxious him "greatly", and he had raised them with the USA ambassador. Queen Elizabeth II visited victims of the attack at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, telling 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents: "It's awful".

In other developments, the government has announced that a minute's silence will be held at 11am British time on Thursday in remembrance of those who lost their lives or were affected by the attack.

"When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families", he said.

A suicide bomber targeted an area near Manchester Arena.

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