Suspected suicide bomber in Manchester attack identified as Salman Abedi

Posted at 11:31 AM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 12:26:23-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials in the United States say British authorities have identified the suspect in the Manchester suicide bombing attack as Salman Abedi.

A U.S. official confirmed the identity Tuesday to The Associated Press. No additional details were immediately available.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters the coroner has not yet identified the deceased and offered no further information about him, other than to say he was 22 years old.

The bombing Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people and sparked a stampede of young concertgoers.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility, but Dan Coats, the U.S. director of intelligence, says that connection has not yet been verified.

Investigators are working to determine whether the attacker acted alone or was part of a larger network, Hopkins said.