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3 people now in custody in Manchester attack: UK threat level highest in 10 years

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MANCHESTER, England (CNN) -

By Euan McKirdy and Zayn Nabbi CNN

Armed soldiers will be deployed to key sites around the United Kingdom as the country moved to its highest alert level for the first time in a decade following Monday's attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the threat level was now "critical" and warned that a "further attack may be imminent."

Military personnel would support police and other security forces, particularly in the guarding of key sites, concerts and sporting events, she added.

"Work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack," May said in a statement late Tuesday.

Police have identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suspected suicide attacker who detonated a bomb as throngs of teenagers poured out of Manchester Arena, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Two others have now been arrested.

Monday's blast marked the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings.

Attacker born in UK

The suspected attacker, Abedi, is believed to have died in the powerful blast, though he has not yet been formally identified by the coroner, Manchester police said.

Abedi was of Libyan descent but born and raised in the UK, sources in Manchester's Libyan community told CNN. He was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester.

The University told CNN that he was studying business and management but while he was enrolled for the current academic year he has not been attending classes.

ISIS said on its Telegram channel Tuesday that a "soldier of the caliphate" was able to "plant explosive devices" at the arena, a US counterterrorism source told CNN. ISIS routinely claims attacks it has no proven connection to.

Authorities have discovered no evidence of a link between the attacker and an established terror group, a British counterterrorism official told CNN.

Children among the dead

Four people who died in the horrific attack have been identified -- they include an 8-year-old girl and two teenagers.

Concertgoer Olivia Campbell, 15, whose mother spoke to CNN during an agonizing wait for news from her daughter, had gone to the concert with her friend Adam to celebrate his birthday.

"RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far to soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much," Charlotte Campbell wrote, posting a Snapchat photo of her daughter.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland was also named as one of the fatalities, Lancashire County Council confirmed.

Chris Upton, the head teacher at the Tarleton Community Primary School, described her as "simply a beautiful little girl" who was "quiet and unassuming with a creative flair."

Georgina Callander, 18, a superfan who had met Ariana Grande, was killed, according to her school, and John Atkinson, a 26-year-old student from the Greater Manchester area also died in the attack, according to Ivan Lewis, a local politician.

At least 12 victims aged 16 or under were being treated at a children's hospital for serious injuries, some of them fighting for their lives, a Manchester health official said.

Community

On Tuesday evening, hundreds attended a vigil outside Manchester City Hall in honor of the victims.

"We will stand together to say that this city is greater than the force that aligns itself against it," David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, told the crowd.

"We are sending a signal not just to Manchester, but across the world that you can not defeat us because love in the end is always stronger than hate."

The city remained defiant in the face of one of the deadliest terror attacks the UK has faced. Mayor Andy Burnham said Tuesday that it would be "business as usual, as far as possible, in our great city."

A cafe owner who spoke to CNN said that the city's sense of community was helping people come together during the difficult time.

"We're only here to express some positivity and to be here for our community. We're offering free food and drink, and shelter for all that are stranded that need help."

The pop star has suspended her "Dangerous Woman" tour following the attack, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN. Grande was scheduled to perform in London and across Europe through mid-June.

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