Manchester bomber had 'desire for revenge' after friend was murdered by Britishers

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi may have been part of an an ISIS cell operating in Manchester and was friends with the network's top recruiter Raphael Hostey, it has emerged

The youngest so far known to have died is eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, while an off-duty Cheshire police officer, who has not yet been named, was also among the dead.

"You couldn't see the explosion but you could hear it, it was a massive bang", he told the Matt Cooper Show on TodayFM.

Singer Ariana Grande has returned to the USA but is said to be keeping an eye on the events unfolding in Manchester (file pic).

"There was just pandemonium in the stadium".

Her family said their "darling Eilidh" was "vivacious and full of fun".

On Wednesday, Israel said it had altered information-sharing protocols with the USA after President Donald Trump passed on intelligence by their informant concerning the Islamic State to Russian Federation, possibly endangering his life.

Although British authorities asked members of Salman Abedi's southern Manchester community not to speak to the media, people who knew the family said on Wednesday that Abedi cared for his parents.

They recognised her because she had also been at the Make A Wish meet-and-greet before the gig with the popstar.

"They haven't got the "watchers" - they haven't got the capability to follow all of those people, so they have to go where they think the danger is the most imminent and the most serious".

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said, without elaborating, that searches of suspects' homes brought "very important" clues in the probe of Monday's bombing at the close of an Ariana Grande show.

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A teenage boy and a woman arrested by British police this week have since been released without charge, leaving eight in custody on United Kingdom soil who were arrested "on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act".

The British investigation is now reportedly focusing on who helped Abedi, and on whether the bomb-maker is still at large.

There were also raids and arrests on Wednesday in Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire.

A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said younger brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with ISIL and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital.

Ramadan Abedi, 51, was one of the men from the North West who travelled more than 2,000 miles to Libya and there was a group who called themselves the 'Manchester Fighters'. "This is not us".

Manchester police halted their sharing of investigative information with the USA through most of Thursday until receiving fresh assurance there would be an end to leaks to the media.

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said the leak of the pictures breached trust and "undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.

Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers.