British police stop sharing information with United States on Manchester attack
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 23:01
"We don't believe in killing innocents", he said.
Abedi's older brother Ismail, 23, was arrested on Tuesday in Chorlton, south Manchester.
Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating". "When the trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their family", the group said.
Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was captured by security cameras in the Arndale shopping centre on Friday - carrying a rucksack he had just bought.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise the issue with Donald Trump on Thursday, a government source told Reuters, after the New York Times published detailed pictures of the crime scene in Manchester where 22 people were killed.
Greater Manchester's mayor, Andy Burnham, told the BBC he had raised concerns about the leaks with the United States ambassador, while senior Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper said she was "very troubled" by those occurring in the middle of an investigation where public safety may be at risk.
A woman arrested on Wednesday in Blackley has been released without any charge, the police said earlier.
The force said it was "confident" it had identified every victim but they would not be formally identified until after post-mortem examinations were completed in four to five days.
Some 3,800 military personnel could also be mobilised to support police within 12 to 96 hours of an atrocity taking place.
There were reports that members of the public reported Abedi to the anti-terrorism hotline several years ago.
The calls are thought to have been made five years ago after Abedi left school, the community worker added.
In other developments, the government has announced that a minute's silence will be held at 11am British time on Thursday in remembrance of those who lost their lives or were affected by the attack.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd had said she was "irritated" by the disclosure of Abedi's identity against the UK's wishes and had warned Washington "it should not happen again".
Still, Abedi and his wife took away their son's passport upon his arrival recently in Libya, where both brothers were supposed to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Libyan authorities said, citing testimony by Hashem Abedi.
The Manchester bomber's sister has claimed he was driven to murder because he wanted revenge for "the explosives America drops on children in Syria". "He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack".
The spokesman added that Libyan authorities were aware of Abedi going to the capital of Tripoli on April 18 and believed he stayed for two or three weeks.
Meanwhile, Abedi's father and a younger brother have been detained by militia in Libya.
"We were not quite sure about this, but when we arrested and we asked him, he told us, "I have ideology with my brother".