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Manchester attacker's younger brother arrested in Libya

Salman Abedi was born in Manchester to Libyan parents.

The younger brother of Manchester suicide attacker Salman Abedi has been arrested in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo said Hashem Abedi had been held by counter-terrorism police on suspicion of links to so-called Islamic State.

Parties to resume national election campaign on Friday

Labour confirmed activists would knock on doors on Thursday before the national campaign resumes a day later. Credit: PA

The Conservatives, Labour and the SNP have confirmed they will resume national campaigning on Friday after the agreed suspension following the Manchester suicide attack.

Party activists are expected to knock on doors on Thursday before the national campaign resumes a day later.

Theresa May's Conservative party will resume its national campaign on Friday. Credit: PA

The SNP confirmed on Twitter it would be resuming low-key local campaigning on Thursday.

Ukip became the first party to say it would be resuming its national campaign when leader Paul Nuttall announced he would be unveiling his party's manifesto on Thursday.

The Lib Dems are still to confirm when Tim Farron and his team will resume campaigning. Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrats are still to confirm when they will resume campaigning.

Local Labour activists delivered leaflets as part of low-key campaigning on Wednesday but nothing involved contact with voters.


'Very clear' evidence of 'network' for Manchester bomber

Chief constable Ian Hopkins said the police investigation 'continues at a pace'.

Police have said it is "very clear" they are investigating "a network" linked to the Manchester Arena suicide bomber.

Four arrests have been made since 22-year-old Salman Abedi blew himself up as people left a concert by American singer Ariana Grande on Monday evening.

Police initially said they believed the attacker had acted alone, but in his latest news conference Greater Manchester Police's chief constable Ian Hopkins said: "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating."

Mr Hopkins said the police investigation "continues at a pace," adding: "There are extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester."


Off-duty police officer among Manchester attack victims

Chief constable Ian Hopkins confirmed the serving officer's death. Credit: ITV News

An off-duty police officer has been confirmed as one of the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide attack.

The death of a serving officer follows that of PC Keith Palmer who died defending the Houses of Parliament in March's Westminster terror attack.

Police Federation of England and Wales chair Steve White said: "Once again the service has been rocked by the devastating news that a member of the police family has lost their life because of the murderous actions of a terrorist.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of everybody affected at this difficult time.”

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins also confirmed the death but said police would not be releasing further information at this stage.

Armed police raid block of flats in Manchester

Armed police raid a block of flats near to Manchester Piccadilly Station Credit: SWNS

Armed police have raided a block of flats near to Manchester Piccadilly Station.

Video footage showed officers, some clad in balaclavas, piling out of a van on Wednesday afternoon, before storming a building on Granby Row.

The station was briefly closed during the raid, police said.

A witness said: "I saw down there about four armed officers coming out from the back of the building.

"Again, helmets, face masks, machine guns and getting into two unmarked cars and driving away."

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said: "Officers have this afternoon carried out a search at an address in Manchester City Centre as part of the investigation into the horrific incident at Manchester Arena.

"That search is ongoing."

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