17th arrest made in Manchester terror attack

Police said today that they had made a further arrest in connection with last month's suicide bombing on a concert in Manchester which killed 22 people.

British police investigating the Manchester Arena attack have cordoned off an area around a auto they believe may be significant to the investigation.

On Friday evening, police in Manchester arrested their 17th suspect in connection with the terror attack.

They say that leaves 11 men in custody for questioning.

The attacker, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, reportedly met with members of the Katibat al-Battar al-Libi, during trips to Tripoli and Sabratha, Libya.

The brother of the suicide bomber who carried out the attack, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, as well as his father, are being held in Libya, where they are accused of having links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "We know that Abedi left the country on 15 April and arrived back on the 18 May and we now know from our enquiries that he purchased parts for the bomb after arriving back".

The arrest was made after police seized a vehicle, which they said could provide a "significant development" in the investigation.

A Libyan human rights group has linked the Manchester Arena bomber to an extremist Libyan group, and has called for transferring the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and to reveal "Qatar's role as a financier of this group".

Grande shared an image of her visit to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital with her 107 million Instagram followers.

Another six people who were arrested since the attack on May 22 have been released without being charged.

"After intensive searches of the whole festival area, the suspicions have not hardened into an acute threat situation", the organisers said on their Facebook page, adding that police had given a green light for the concert to go ahead.

USA pop star Ariana Grande visited young fans injured in the suicide bombing on Friday night.

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