3 more arrested in Manchester; attacker's Libya ties probed

Three more people have been arrested by police investigating the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K. this week. Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya as they worked to piece together his allegiances and foil any new potential threats.

Those killed in the attack, which targeted a concert by a pop singer whose core fan group is young girls, include 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

In London, public tours of the parliament complex and the changing of guard ceremony in Buckingham Palace have been cancelled. Armed police also patrolled outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack for its "appalling sickening cowardice" and for "deliberately targeting innocent defenceless children and young people".

USA security sources, citing British intelligence officials, said Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin.

That arrest came after police raided an apartment near the University of Manchester in the city center, where officersw armed with automatic weapons blew open a door. Neighbours recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd slammed U.S. leaks on the investigation into the Manchester attack as "irritating" Wednesday and said she had made it clear that it "should not happen again". The minister said she was "not surprised at all" that Islamic State jihadists had claimed the attack but said there was no information yet to confirm the extremist organisation's active direction.

Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday on BFM television that British and French intelligence have information that Abedi had been to Syria.

Asked if he believed Abedi had the support of a network, Collomb said: "That is not known yet, but perhaps".

There were also reports Wednesday suggesting a possible al Qaeda link, with former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Ali Soufan, who now runs a private security consultancy, tweeting a document purportedly showing Abedi's father's name on a document linking him to the terror group.

May on Tuesday placed the country on its highest level of terror alert - "critical" - meaning a new attack is believed to be imminent.

"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources", Rudd told BBC Radio on Wednesday, when asked about US leaks.

She said she had "complete confidence" in the security services. "In respect of the family's wishes I will make no further comment at this stage".

In addition to those killed in the concert attack, Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after the attack, including those who traveled to hospitals on their own.

The Greater Manchester police said the three were arrested after warrants were executed in south Manchester.

Including an arrest that was announced Tuesday, police have now said they've made five arrests related to the attack.

A Polish couple living in Britain were confirmed among the Manchester victims, along with 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, whose mother had issued heartrending appeals for help when her daughter was still missing. The friend has undergone surgery to treat injuries from the bombing.

Many of them had serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery", Rouse said.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

Soldiers will be deployed to protect events including the FA Cup final and key locations including Westminster, Downing Street and some embassies.

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