Concert bomber asked mom to forgive him hours before attack

Armed police patrol past tribute pink ribbons on a tree in central Manchester England Friday May 26 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday even
Concert bomber asked mom to forgive him hours before attack
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26 May, 2017

As CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports, beyond the unspeakable grief, the investigation is continuing apace.

A woman arrested in a raid in Blackley, Manchester, was released late Wednesday without charge, police said. There are now eight men in custody in connection with the attack.

As the day goes on, more details are emerging about the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi - and his family.

The photos show that a small handheld detonator was used to explode the bomb, believed to have contained nails, nuts and bolts.

Detectives believe that certain details of the bomb suggest the maker was careful to reduce the risk of it being a dud.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticised American officials earlier for leaking crucial information about the ongoing investigation. "As we were discussing news of similar attacks earlier, he was always against those attacks, saying there's no religious justification for them".

British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to confront US President Donald Trump when the pair meet at Thursday's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels, with the American leader already struggling domestically to stem a tide of damaging leaks from law enforcement agencies.

"We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world", a spokesman said.

He was one of 16 men awarded a total of 10 million pounds ($12.4 million) in compensation in 2010, when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. "The U.K. services play it totally differently".

The promise of a United States investigation comes at a time of heightened sensitivity about leaked information surrounding the Trump administration.

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In a statement released after Trump arrived at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, the president said he would seek an official review to stop leaks that he said posed a serious security threat.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, identified as British-born Libyan Salman Abedi, "likely" did not act alone when he killed 22 people and wounded dozens at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. Hopkins said the arrests were significant.

It said that the force of the blast had propelled the bomber's torso outside of the ring towards the entrance of the arena and that carefully packed, makeshift shrapnel in the bomb had penetrated metal doors.

- Police arrest three more men in south Manchester, a short walk from the house where Abedi lived.

The relative says Abedi, who was born in England to parents from Libya, referred to Britons as "infidels" who "are unjust to the Arabs".

Ramadan Abedi, Salman's father, an alleged former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, was also been seized by masked gunmen yesterday whilst giving phone interviews at his Tripoli home.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has since raised the MI5 threat level of global terrorism to the highest possible level of "critical" in Great Britain following the decision of the government's independent crisis response committee.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules that bar civil servants from speaking to reporters without prior authorization, wouldn't say which country Abedi had arrived from to Istanbul.

But as the investigation continues, so does the grief. Those included five since the Westminster attack in March this year.

Mr Collomb said: "We only know what the British investigators have told us". "Please stay together - don't let this beat any of us, please - don't let my daughter be a victim!" She was greeted by a head nurse before going inside to meet young victims of the attack.


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