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Police arrest man in Moss Side, search address in St Helens

Police at an address in Moss Side. Credit: PA

Counter-terrorism police in Manchester have arrested a man in the Moss Side area of the city.

They said the arrest, in the early hours of Friday morning, is connected to Monday's terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in which 22 people were killed.

A short time later, Greater Manchester Police confirmed they have searched an address in the St Helens area of Merseyside - also in relation to Monday's attack.

In total, they have arrested 10 people in connection with the investigation, of which a man and a woman have since been released without charge.

Eight men remain in police custody.

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Family of injured bomb victim speak of her fight for life

Laura MacIntyre Credit: Family handout

The family of a young girl severely injured in the Manchester bomb attack have spoken of their daughter's fight for life - describing her as "strong-willed".

Laura MacIntyre was at the Ariana Grande concert with her friend Eilidh MacLeod when a suicide bomber struck the Manchester Arena.

Eilidh was killed, while Laura has been left in a critical condition.

In a statement, her family paid tribute to Eilidh and thanked people, including the emergency services, for their support.

Our daughter Laura is a funny and witty young girl who excels at everything she does.

Laura and her friend Eilidh were so looking forward to the concert, but that night has now ended in a tragedy where Eilidh has lost her life and Laura is in a critical condition.

Our hearts and minds have been with Eilidh's family since we heard their news.

We want to thank everybody for their support including the emergency services for all that they have done and continue to do.

We know that Laura is in the best possible place and is receiving the best care that she can.

Laura is strong-willed and a fighter, and while she continues this battle we ask that all media respect our privacy at this extremely difficult time.

– Family of Laura MacIntyre

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Manchester bomber called his brother before attack

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi called his younger brother just 20 minutes before the bomb was detonated, ITV News has learned.

The suicide bomber had gone to stay with his brother Hashem and father in the Libyan capital in April before returning to Manchester on May 17.

Both family members have since been detained in Tripoli as detectives continue to examine the Libyan connection at the heart of the investigation.

The international probe has also spread to Germany after it emerged Salman Abedi visited Dusseldorf days before the attack.

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