Raids, arrests as on-edge U.K. seeks 'network' of attackers
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 12:45
Police made arrests in Manchester on Wednesday as the investigation into a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again.
Leaks from an investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack are undermining the probe, British police said on Thursday, as the BBC reported that police had stopped sharing information with the US.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who spoke about the matter with U.S. President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, said the countries' partnership on defense and security was built on trust. If May does not gain the vast majority she says she needs to negotiate Britain's departure from the European Union, the whole exercise of the election will have had no point, other than to expose her to the electorate and puncture some myths about her competence.
Security has always been a priority for the British prime minister.
A European security official said "having a US leak when the situation has developed in the U.K.is nothing new".
British officials were particularly angry over photos published by The New York Times showing remnants of a blue backpack which may have held the explosive.
Earlier, US media, also quoting US security sources, identified the assailant as a suicide bomber, well before British authorities confirmed that publicly. It comes after the Washington Post reported last week that Trump had shared with Russian Federation sensitive information that the president hinted on Monday could have come from Israel. He said he is asking the Justice Department and other agencies to "launch a complete review of this matter".
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and newly elected French President Emanuel Macron issued no public statements Wednesday, a day after both leaders took extreme measures to address the terror threats in their countries.
"We are sure our fans will understand this decision", the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation. British soldiers have been deployed in place of police officers to guard high-profile sites such as Buckingham Palace and Parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall on Thursday morning, said Downing Street.
Around the country, many people fell silent and bowed their heads at 11 a.m. for a minute in tribute to the bombing victims. "Very wicked, to target that sort of thing".
She credited her dad's quick action in picking her up and tying off her wounds to stem the bleeding.
"We were able to calm the young people in the neighbourhoods who felt they were targeted.as Muslims", he said.
"The concern is that there may be others out there who helped him to make the bomb". The bomber himself died in the attack.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi was believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack. They were exploring potential ties to Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan jailed in the United Kingdom for terror offenses, and to Raphael Hostey, an Islamic State recruiter killed in Syria.
Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya and Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats.
The elder Abedi was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun. He was reportedly born in the U.K.to Libyan parents who had fled the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.
The father, Ramadan Abedi, also had said he worked as the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.
He said he heard that Salman's father took his son's passport away amid concerns about Salman's close ties to extremists and criminals, but had no proof of that.
22 year-old, Salman Abedi was named in connection to the attack.
"There was a sermon about anti-Daesh (IS) and he stood up and started calling the Imam - 'You are talking bollocks, '" Ramadan said.