Suspected Manchester bomber had 'desire for revenge', says source

Police are hunting for a possible bomb-maker after the 22-year-old attacker, British-born Salman Abedi, detonated a sophisticated device at a concert venue packed with children on Monday night, killing 22 people and injuring 64.

Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi called his mother before the attack and asked her to "forgive me", Libyan anti-terror police have said.

The publication of those photos set off alarms among British authorities and raised concerns that such a leak could fracture the intelligence-sharing alliance known as the "Five Eyes", which includes intelligence agencies from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Citing an unnamed government source, British newspaper The Guardian reported United Kingdom officials "are furious" over the leaks that are "completely unacceptable". "We aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents".

Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins said the leaks had "caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

Police arrested two more people and were on Thursday searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert, as British authorities complained bitterly about investigation leaks by USA officials. A reported 23 people remain in critical condition.

British police are irritated that information shared with US officials has leaked to USA media, which reported Abedi's name before police confirmed it.

Following May's remarks, Trump offered his reaction and vowed that his administration "will get to the bottom of this" and that "the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

"The recent attack in Manchester in the United Kingdom demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism", USA president Donald Trump said.

"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling", he said.

The Prime Minister spoke to Trump on the phone in the aftermath of the attacks.

The New York Times defended publishing the material, saying in a statement that "the images and information presented were neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims".

Collomb told France's BFM television Abedi "grew up in Britain and then suddenly, after a trip to Libya and then likely to Syria, became radicalized and chose to carry out this attack". All campaigning was suspended after the attack, although the UK Independence Party said it would resume its activities on Thursday. He is also believed to have been in Germany before, having flown from Frankfurt Airport to Britain in 2015.

The Financial Times reported that such images are available across a restricted-access encrypted special global database used by government ordnance and explosives experts in about 20 countries allied with Britain. On Wednesday morning, an NBC reporter said he'd heard from a US intelligence official that Abedi's family had warned authorities about him in the past.

  • Zachary Reyes