Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack
- Author: Julie Sanders May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 14:07
Two more men were arrested today by the United Kingdom police after searches in Manchester in connection with a deadly suicide bombing at a pop concert this week, while a woman arrested last night was released without charges.
While Reuters was interviewing Abedi, several unmarked vehicles carrying heavily armed Rada forces drove up to the family home in the Tripoli suburb of Ayn Zara and detained him.
Police had earlier named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by USA pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday, attended by thousands of children and teenagers.
"The British police have been very clear they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity - the element of surprise - so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I've been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", she said, according to the BBC. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly. The LIFG has been designated a terrorist organization in the US because of its ties to al Qaeda.
But she said "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently".
The New York Times, which did not specify the source of the leak, published images from the scene of the attack, including fragments of a blue Karrimor backpack the bomber was believed to have carried, metal nuts and screws and some of the damage inflicted on the area.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to take up the issue of evidence leaks over the Manchester bombing in the U.S. media with President Donald Trump when she meets him at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels later on Thursday. "We are furious. This is completely unacceptable", a government ministry source said of the images "leaked from inside the USA system". Mr Trump, in Brussels, ignored two questions from journalists on whether Britain can trust the U.S. with sensitive information.
"I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".
Chilling images, released by the New York Times today, appear to show the device which was used by the bomber in the Manchester terror attack.
Rudd said Britain's increased official threat level will remain at "critical" as the investigation proceeds and won't be lowered until security services are convinced there is no active plot in place.
When British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Washington DC shortly after US President Donald Trump's inauguration, her government had pitched the visit as an opportunity to revitalise the so-called special relationship.
Around the country, many people fell silent and bowed their heads at 11 a.m. for a minute in tribute to the bombing victims.
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In Manchester's St. Ann's Square, where a sea of floral tributes grows by the hour, a crowd sang "Don't Look Back in Anger" - a song by the Manchester band Oasis.
Medics, who battled to save the lives of children caught up in the atrocity, told the queen as she toured the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital how they worked tirelessly through the night.
She told Evie Mills (14) and her parents: "It's terrible".
Both shows have been canceled, as well as performances in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland through June 5, her record label said in a statement.
She credited her dad's quick action in picking her up and tying off her wounds to stem the bleeding. Children and their caregivers were killed in the blast. The National Health Service says 75 people have been admitted to eight hospitals, "including 23 patients now receiving critical care".
The details about the Manchester-born bomber's radicalisation and warnings about his extremism raise questions about why he was not more closely monitored.
Brunt said one resident of the building reported "a strong smell of explosives" coming from behind the door.
In Washington, the chairman of the U.S. House's Homeland Security Committee said the bomb used in the attack suggested a "level of sophistication" that might indicate its maker had foreign training.
Investigators are also looking into the Abedi family's ties in Libya.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but British and US intelligence have not confirmed that the extremist group was involved.
Salman Abedi lived for years with family in a modest red-brick house in the Fallowfield section of Manchester, a middle- to working-class neighborhood. "We don't believe in killing innocents", Ramadan Abedi said before he was detained in Tripoli.
"He stood up and started calling the imam - 'You are talking bollocks, '" Ramadan said.