Manchester police stopped sharing info with USA after leaks

LONDON/MANCHESTER British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she would tell U.S. President Donald Trump that intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure after leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester attack.

Police now say that the suspected bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who died in the attack, was part of a network.

Images of the remnants of the backpack used by terrorist Salman Abedi, evidence of shrapnel and a possible detonator were all published by the New York Times along with a layout of where those killed by the blast were hit.

Among the 22 killed and 64 injured were several children, who had gone to see their favourite American pop singer, Ariana Grande.

A woman arrested in the Blackley area of Manchester yesterday has been released without charge.

The official threat level in Britain was raised late on Tuesday for the first time in a decade to its highest level, "critical", meaning an attack could be imminent.

The row - which goes to the heart of the close intelligence-sharing relationship between the transatlantic allies - provides an awkward backdrop to the Prime Minister's meeting with President Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"I spoke to [Salman Abedi] about five days ago. there was nothing wrong, everything was normal", Ramadan Abedi told Reuters, moments before he was arrested.

British interior minister Amber Rudd said earlier that the bomber had recently returned from Libya.

And the man involved in a December attack in Berlin, Anis Amri, is also believed to have contacted ISIS in Libya prior to driving a truck into a Christmas market on December 19, killing 12 people and injuring 56 others.

Hashem Abedi had been in touch with attacker Salman Abedi, Bin Salem said, and had travelled from Libya to Britain last month.

Suicide bomber Abedi was born in Britain to a Libyan family, grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there.

Authorities carried out further raids Wednesday afternoon in the south Manchester area of Fallowfield, where Abedi lived, as well as in the city center.

In the United Kingdom, a minute's silence was observed this morning as a mark of respect to those who died in Monday night's terrorist attack.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing, though that claim has not yet been verified by British security officials.

The pictures appeared a day after the bomber's name was briefed to the USA media against the wishes of Greater Manchester Police, hours after Home Secretary Amber Rudd revealed she had told United States authorities not to leak material about the atrocity.

Police have conducted a number of raids and arrested eight people as they hunt for the network connected to Abedi.

The latest arrests, including one late last night, came as nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed to support police guarding Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and other locations in London.

"Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together", it said.

Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with IS and had probably visited Syria as well.

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.

  • Zachary Reyes