Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun carried pictures Wednesday of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was killed in the attack, and of Abedi under the words "PURE" and "EVIL" respectively. Police are trying to establish if bomber Salman Abedi acted alone or whether there could be a risk of further attacks.
Part of that threat assessment is the fear that Abedi could have been working as part of a group of accomplices with possible links to militant groups who have the competence to plot and execute suicide bombings. "That is what the investigation is focusing on", a source with knowledge of the probe told Reuters, on condition of anonymity. A hunt is underway for the person who made the bomb, police have confirmed.
"I think it's very clear that it's a network that we are dealing with", Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said on Wednesday afternoon.
Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester. Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the US government's Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.
Abedi's family lived in the Fallowfield area in south Manchester and have lived in the city for more than 15 years.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who said Abedi had been known to British security officials, complained Wednesday about USA officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the media, saying that could hinder Britain's security services and police.More news: Best Buy beats on profit, comparable sales; shares jump
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As Phillips reports, he may have been more directly connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) than they had thought. The US officials say it's possible Abedi could have traveled from the United Kingdom to a nearby country such as Tunisia, which perhaps would not have raised the same red flags as a direct route.
"He (Abu Ismail) was devout as far as I know", Haffar added.
Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, where Callander was a former pupil, told The Associated Press that her family had confirmed the death. British officials said a 23-year-old man was arrested in South Manchester in connection with the attack, but did not divulge further details about that individual's identity.
After leaving school, he went on to begin a business and management course in 2014 at the nearby University of Salford. He was one of 16 men awarded a total of 10 million pounds ($12.4 million) in compensation in 2010, when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
He said the man used to wear traditional white Islamic dress, was aged in his 20s, 6 ft.
Witold Waszczykowski said the daughters - one a minor, one adult- were unharmed.