Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Ariana Grande London dates cancelled after Manchester bombing

Christy Curtis | 25 May, 2017, 08:23

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said authorities are investigating a "network" of people who may have played a role in Monday's Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people. He said the bomb's construction suggested a "level of sophistication" that might indicate foreign training.

In France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday that British and French intelligence had information that Abedi most likely traveled to Syria.

"And they know me and my sons well".

A former classmate of Abedi's told the BBC that he was a "very jokey lad" but also "very short tempered" and would get angry at "the littlest thing". All campaigning for the election was suspended after the attack on Monday night. "In the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all".

The plans came as part of a nationwide anti-terrorism operation aimed at thwarting further attacks as the UK's terror threat was raised to "critical" on Tuesday, meaning another incident could be imminent.

British police say Abedi possibly carried the detonator in his left hand, The Times reported. Another 23-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker tried to "maximize carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately".

Some bands - including Blondie and Take That - canceled shows after the blast but representatives for several music acts - including Celine Dion, Shawn Mendes, Guns N' Roses and Phil Collins - said they will honor their European dates this summer.

Manchester police say officers arrested four more men Wednesday as part of the investigation into the bombing, bringing the total number of arrests to five.

Protected sites in London also include Downing Street, embassies and the Palace of Westminster. Refunds will be granted, the pop star's managers said in a statement. The Guardian reports that the country is incensed with the fact that USA officials were identified as the sources naming Salman Abedi as the suspected suicide bomber. Abedi died in the bombing, which claimed the lives of at least 22 victims and injured dozens more - many of whom were children.

After leaving school, he went on to begin a business and management course in 2014 at the nearby University of Salford.

ISIS said on its Telegram channel Tuesday that a "soldier of the caliphate" was able to "plant explosive devices" at the arena, a USA counterterrorism source told CNN.

Collomb told French television the suspect "grew up in Britain and then suddenly, after a trip to Libya and then likely to Syria, became radicalised and chose to carry out this attack".

British news media said the youngest victim, Saffie Rose Roussos, was eight years old. Images from law enforcement did not make it clear if the detonator was a simple plunger switch or if it included a timer or a receiver to be activated remotely or both.

Before the crime scene photos were published, the UK Government had issued a warning to American authorities not to reveal details of the terror investigation.

Two Poles were also named among the dead, according to a tweet from Poland's Foreign Ministry.

Hopkins declined to elaborate, but he confirmed that an off-duty policewoman died in the attack, which came at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.

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