Twenty-two people have been killed and at least 59 people injured in a terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
Children are known to be among the dead.
It is the worst terror attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7 July London bombings in 2005.
Leak Pictures Of Bomber In Manchester Attack
The crime scene photographs were leaked to the New York Times after being shared with US intelligence, prompting a furious response among ministers.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, had publicly asked US law enforcement agencies to stop leaking shared intelligence and said she had been “very clear with our friends that that should not happen again”.
She said the leaks had been compromising the fast-moving investigation into what police have described as a “network” behind Abedi, but her warning was ignored as the extraordinary series of pictures were leaked in the US, prompting a major diplomatic row. Said The Daily Telegraph:
Meanwhile, the terrorist’s father has been detained in Libya.
Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, was allegedly a member of the al-Qaeda-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun. The elder Abedi denied that he was part of the militant group and told The Associated Press that his son was not involved in the concert bombing and had no connection to militants.
We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us,” the 51-year-old Abedi said in a telephone interview from Tripoli.
He said he spoke to his son five days ago and that he was getting ready for a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. He said that his son visited Libya a month and a half ago and was planning to return to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with the family.
He also denied his son had spent time in Syria or fought with the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the concert bombing.
“Last time I spoke to him, he sounded normal. There was nothing worrying at all until … I heard the news that they are suspecting he was the bomber” The elder Abedi said.