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Manchester attack: what we know

Press Association logoPress Association 25/05/2017

MANCHESTER ATTACK AND INVESTIGATION: WHAT WE KNOW

- Greater Manchester Police have reportedly stopped passing information to the US on the investigation into the Manchester suicide bombing after leaks to American media.

- Bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an improvised explosive device killing 22 people and injuring up to 64. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

- Abedi's brother Ismail is one of eight people who remain in custody after a string of raids across Manchester and the West Midlands area.

- The terrorist's father, Ramadan Abedi, and other brother Hashim - who is believed to have been aware of all the details of the attack - have been arrested in Tripoli, Libya.

- A minute's silence will be held at 11am on Thursday in remembrance of those who lost their lives or were affected by the attack.

- Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee on Thursday morning.

- The UK threat level has been raised to "critical" and almost 1000 military personnel have been deployed around the country, including to key sites such as Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Downing Street.

- Cheshire Police confirmed one of its female officers died while off-duty at the concert but have not named her.

- The explosion took place at Manchester Arena on Monday evening as people began streaming from the doors after a show by US singer Ariana Grande.

- Grande has suspended her world tour, according to her representative.

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