Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Ariana Grande to hold benefit concert for Manchester terror attack victims


The "Side to Side" singer also announced her plans to return to Manchester and host a benefit concert for those affected by the tragedy.

The BBC reported earlier on Thursday that British police stopped sharing information about the suicide bombing in Manchester with US authorities after leaks of details of the investigation angered the government.

May will raise concerns over the leaks when she meets U.S. President Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday, the BBC reported.

Three further raids carried out on Wednesday resulted in more arrests.

"Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together", it said.

According to photographs from the scene of Monday's attack at the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, Abedi's device appeared to be fairly sophisticated.

The rare dispute with Washington's closest intelligence partner flared Thursday when police authorities in Manchester briefly interrupted sharing information with their American counterparts.

Ms Grande said what happened on Monday was the exact opposite of what she had wanted: "This show, more than anything else, was meant to be a safe space for my fans".

The National Counter Terrorism Policing body said the breach of trust caused great "damage" and "undermines our investigations".

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"It is very clear this is a network we are investigating", Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins said.

On Wednesday, a series of raids were executed across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire, while relatives of Abedi were detained in Libya. Officials said all those hospitalised had been identified.

"While we do not usually comment on information sharing arrangements with worldwide law enforcement organisations we want to emphasise that, having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance", National Counter Terrorism Policing Lead Mark Rowley said in a statement.

The man, whose identity remains unknown, is one of nine men who are being held for questioning in England following Monday's attack.

On Tuesday a 24-year-old man was arrested in Whalley Range, Manchester.

"This act of cowardice has no place in our religion", said Fawzi Haffar, a trustee at the Didsbury mosque.

Salman Abedi recently traveled to Libya and authorities have been trying to determine if he also visited war-torn Syria.

The French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said he had "proven" links with the Islamic State terror group.

The Government raised the United Kingdom terror threat level to "critical", meaning a further atrocity is expected imminently, saying a "wider group of individuals" could have been involved in the blast.

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