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Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins speaks to the media in Manchester Tuesday May 23, 2017. Police say they are treating an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England as terrorism. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Police say more arrests have been made in connection with the Manchester concert bombing


UPDATE May 26, 8:03 a.m. EST: Police said a total of 10 people have now been arrested in connection with the investigation into Monday night's suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, where singer Ariana Grande had just finished performing.

UPDATE May 25, 7:19 a.m. EST:  Eight people are now in custody in connection with the attack.

UPDATE 6:04 p.m. EST: 

Police have reportedly detained a man in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, bringing the total number of arrests to seven.

UPDATE 2:04 p.m. EST:

The brother of the concert bomber was reportedly arrested for planning a separate terrorist attack in Tripoli, CNN reported.

UPDATE 12:50 p.m. EST:  Police are assessing a package their latest Manchester arrestee had.

UPDATE 12:31 p.m. EST:  Salman Abedi's father has reportedly been detained in Libya.

UPDATE 12:14 p.m. EST:  Another suspect has been arrested in Manchester.

UPDATE 12:07 p.m. EST:  Salman Abedi's brother was arrested on suspicion of ISIS links.

UPDATE 11:45 a.m. EST:  Salman Abedi was reportedly in Libya before the concert bombing.

UPDATE 10:22 a.m. EST:

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said it is "a network we are investigating" in relation to the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.

Hopkins said raids conducted near the south Manchester home of suspected bomber Salman Abedi are increasing suspicions that Abedi did not act alone.

UPDATE 10:14 a.m. EST:  The father of suspected concert bomber Salman Abedi was once a member of a group liked to al Qaeda, a former Libyan security official told the Associated Press.

The elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s, the official said.

Ramadan Abedi denied that his son was linked to militants or the concert bombing. "We don't believe in killing innocents," Ramadan Abedi told the AP by phone in Tripoli. "This is not us."

UPDATE 9:40 a.m. EST:  Suspected bomber Salman Abedi had recently returned to the U.K. from Libya.

UPDATE 6:59 a.m. EST:

Police said three men were arrested in south Manchester on Wednesday in connection with the Ariana Grande concert bombing, USA Today reported.

Police also said the 23-year-old man detained in south Manchester on Tuesday was a brother of suspected bomber Salman Abedi.

UPDATE May 24, 6:53 EST:

Salman Abedi, identified by police as the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, likely did not act alone, Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd told BBC Radio.

It seems likely, possible, that he wasn't doing this on his own," Rudd said.

Abedi, 22, was known to U.K. security officials prior to the bombing.

UPDATE 7:56 p.m. EST:

About 24 hours after the attack, Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, warned that another attack could be "imminent"--sending the threat level to "critical," the Associated Press reported. The status means that armed soldiers could be deployed instead of police at public events including sports matches. 

As locals poured into the Manchester streets for a Tuesday vigil, the Western world also took a stance of solidarity by darkening the lights on famous landmarks, such as New York's Empire State Building and Paris' Eiffel Tower.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. EST:

U.K. concert bombing suspect Salman Abedi lived at a house in Fallowfield in southern Manchester that was raided on Monday night and where police conducted a controlled explosion on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m. EST:  The U.S. Embassy is "not aware of any" American casualties.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m. EST:  Police formally identified Abedi as their suspect.

UPDATE 12:12 p.m. EST:

Salman Abedi, identified by U.S. officials as the suicide bomber who carried out the attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, was the son of Libyan refugees who came to the U.K. to escape Moammar Gadhafi's regime, the Telegraph reported.

Abedi's mother and father were born in Libya and emigrated to London. They had lived in south Manchester for at least 10 years, according to the Telegraph. Abedi was 22 and had two brothers and a sister.

UPDATE 11:32 a.m. EST:  Ariana Grande has suspended her tour.

UPDATE 11:04 a.m. EST:  U.S. intelligence hasn't verified ISIS' claim of responsibility.

UPDATE 10:53 a.m. EST:  John Atkinson, 26, was the third victim to be named.

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. EST: 

23-year-old Salman Abedi was identified as the perpetrator behind the Manchester Arena explosion, CBS News reported.

ISIS released a generic statement claiming responsibility for the attack. U.K. authorities have taken an individual into custody in connection with the attack, but British Prime Minister Theresa May says an investigation is underway to determine if the bomber was "acting alone, or was part of a wider group." 

UPDATE 8:36 a.m. EST:  An 8-year-old girl was among the victims.

UPDATE 8:19 a.m. EST:  CBS reports the suspect is 23-year-old Salman Abedi.

UPDATE 7:47 a.m. EST:  ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility.

UPDATE 7:09 a.m. EST:  The first victim to be named was an 18-year-old college student.

UPDATE 7:02 a.m. EST:  Police say the Arndale evacuation isn't related to the concert attack.

UPDATE 6:58 a.m. EST:  Police have arrested a suspect in the concert bombing.

UPDATE 6:54 a.m. EST:  The shopping center is reopening.

One man was reportedly arrested at the shopping center.

UPDATE 6:44 a.m. EST:  Witnesses heard a "big bang."

UPDATE May 23, 6:36 a.m. EST: 

The Arndale shopping center in Manchester has been evacuated, reports Reuters

The evacuation comes just hours after an explosion at the Manchester Arena killed at least 22 people and injured 60 others. 

UPDATE May 23, 6:29 a.m. EST: 

The death toll in the Manchester explosion has risen to at least 22 people with at least 60 people injured, reports CNN. 

Police believe that a man carrying explosives acted alone and died in the blast. According to the Associated Press,  U.K. authorities say they may know the identity of the attacker.

"It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack. An attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation," British Prime Minister Theresa May said

May made the statement after chairing an emergency Cabinet meeting Tuesday.

Ariana Grande tweeted out her feelings on the matter late Monday night. 

Police say more arrests have been made in connection with the Manchester concert bombing

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UPDATE 9:37 p.m. EST: 

British Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement saying, "We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack."

"All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected."

UPDATE 8:49 p.m. EST: 

UPDATE 8:37 p.m. EST: 

The Greater Manchester Police tweeted early Tuesday morning  saying that they will be conducting a "controlled explosion in Cathedral gardens." 

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UPDATE 8:19 p.m. EST: 

The Greater Manchester Police said 19 people have been confirmed dead. Another 50 were injured in the incident. Authorities are treating this as a "terrorist incident" until they know otherwise. 

The venue tweeted saying the incident took place outside the venue. 

The NYPD is monitoring the UK incident to determine if there are any implications for NYC.

UPDATE 7:34 p.m. EST: 

British Transport Police issued a statement saying officers received reports of an explosion happening in the foyer of the Manchester Arena around 10:30 p.m. Monday. 

The Manchester Arena is a popular concert and sporting venue that can hold up to 21,000 people, according to its website.

UPDATE 6:47 p.m. EST: 

Greater Manchester Police said in a Facebook post that emergency services are responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena, a concert venue where U.S. pop star Ariana Grande was performing. 

There are a number of confirmed fatalities and reported injuries, Greater Manchester Police said.

Authorities are asking everyone to avoid the area. 


British police responded to an incident at a concert venue where Ariana Grande was performing Monday evening, Reuters reports

A label representative for Grande told Variety the pop star is "okay." 

Videos of panicked concertgoers inside the Manchester Arena were posted to social media. Many social media users reported hearing explosions, but those reports have not been confirmed.

"Police responded to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena. Please stay away from the area," Greater Manchester Police tweeted.

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