Manchester Bomber Traveled to Syria With 'Proven' Links to Islamic State


Manchester Bomber Traveled to Syria With 'Proven' Links to Islamic State

Among the victims identified was an 8-year-old girl, an 18-year-old college student, a Polish couple who were picking up their daughter from the concert and others.

In March, a British-born convert to Islam plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament.

Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya, where the family originally come from.

The images were taken in the Arndale shopping mall in Manchester city centre around 8pm last Friday, three days before the bombing.

In decrying the leaks, the National Police Chiefs' Council joined other United Kingdom government officials who have expressed frustration with their American security allies since the attack, which killed 22 people and injured more than 50 others Monday.

JUDY WOODRUFF: This evening, police in Manchester announced two more arrests. The building, Granby House, is popular with students and young professionals.

Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the same floor, said he thought officers were looking for a woman because they "asked me if I had seen the lady next door". Another 2,800 troops are being deployed elsewhere in Britain. The traditional ceremony is a major tourist attraction in London. The public are also now barred from the Palace of Westminster.

She said armed police will also be ready to respond quickly to any incidents and their walking patrols had been increased.

"Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost", a statement said.

Akram Ramadan, a member of the Libyan community in Manchester who attends the city's Didsbury Mosque, said Abedi was banned from the mosque after he allegedly interrupted an imam's anti-Islamic State sermon.

The detention of Ramadan Abedi on Wednesday (24 May) comes just hours after he claimed his son was innocent and that he had been planning a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m.by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs. He said the man, in his 40s, is named Adel and has a wife and several children.

Following the Times publication of the leaked images, British police chiefs released a statement warning the breach of information could hamper the investigation to the terror attack and harm worldwide relationships.

Britain's interior minister, Amber Rudd, said Abedi had recently returned from Libya and her French counterpart, Gerard Collomb, said he had proven links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria too.

British officials have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

Prime Minister Theresa May said security officials had raised their assessment of the threat to Britain to "critical", indicating an attack was imminent.

The location of Abedi's torso, which was pushed outside of the death circle, appears to indicate that the explosive was more likely in his backpack than in a vest, an explosive disposal technician said.

Asked whether the USA leaks had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".

The bombing, which took place at the Manchester Arena indoor venue just after the end of a concert by USA pop singer Ariana Grande, was the deadliest in Britain since July 2005, when 52 people were killed in attacks on London's transport network.