Ariana Grande cancels concerts, suspends world tour after Manchester bombing

"Furious" British officials scolded their USA counterparts on Wednesday following repeated leaks of shared material about the investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack.

A total of 11 people have been arrested in Britain and Libya over Monday's suicide bombing on a pop concert in the northwestern English city of Manchester by a British-born man of Libyan origin.

The New York Times published yesterday what appeared to be police photographs showing fragments from the bomb and a backpack used to hide it.

If confirmed, the halt to the sharing investigative details with Britain's most important defence and security ally would underscore the level of anger in Britain at leaks to the U.S. media of details about the police investigation.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly expected to address the information leak with U.S. President Donald Trump at the NATO Summit in Brussels Thursday.

Among those killed was 14-year-old schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod from Barra.

In addition to those killed, 116 people received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast. May will use a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels on Thursday to speak with Trump about the leaks, according to a United Kingdom government official with knowledge of her plans.

Her only direct comment since the attack has been a social media posting shortly afterwards in which she said she felt "broken" and "so so sorry".

On the artistic front, Grande cancelled concerts that were to take place Thursday and Friday in London, and in several other sites in Europe.

Abedi's visit to Germany will help police and security services build a picture of the killer's movements before the atrocity that killed 22 people.

The Libyan anti-terror force that arrested the men said in a statement that the brother, Hashim Abedi, 18, confessed that he and his brother were linked to the Islamic State group and that he was aware of the arena bombing plan.

A Libyan neighbor says the elder Abedi returned again to Libya in 2011 after Gadhafi's government fell. Officers also raided a property in the city's Moss Side neighbourhood early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion. Neighbors recalled him as tall, thin and quiet, and said he often wore traditional Islamic dress.

TRT World's Jon Brain reports on the latest from Manchester.

"There's a network - a cell of ISIS-inspired terrorists", said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

A European security official said "having a US leak when the situation has developed in the nothing new".

  • Julie Sanders