UK stops sharing information on Manchester attack with United States after leaks
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 15:45
Salman Abedi, who was born in Britain in 1994 after his family fled from Libya to escape the regime of Dictator Muammar Gaddafi, detonated a bomb Monday at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
It said its coverage of the attack "has been both comprehensive and responsible".
Prime Minister Theresa May will raise British concerns over leaks of intelligence related to the Manchester terror attack with President Donald Trump as the BBC reported that police investigating the bombing have stopped sharing information with the US.
The arrests could confirm the suspicion by authorities that 22-year-old Salman Abedi did not act alone. His father Ramadan and younger brother Hashem were detained in Libya, authorities there said. "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".
May said the national threat level remains critical - meaning another attack may be imminent. Six men and a 15-year-old boy are on trial in a Manchester court this month charged with murder in connection with the killing, which prosecutors have argued was gang-related.
Amber Rudd told Sky News that USA officials provided information to media that Britain preferred to keep confidential for reasons of operational security.
In light of what happened in Manchester on Monday night, Ariana Grande has taken the decision to suspend a number of dates on the European leg of her "Dangerous Woman" tour.
Police and security services are also upset that the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked by USA officials and published while police in Britain were withholding the name for what they said were reasons of operational security.
British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to raise the issue with Trump during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday (25 May) in Brussels. The three major US cable news stations that covered the aftermath of the attack live - CNN, Fox News and MSNBC - averaged between 6 million and 7 million viewers between 7 p.m. and midnight EST, according to Nielsen data. She was leaving concert when the blast struck, remembering an intense ringing but not entirely aware that she was bleeding badly from her legs.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Jomana, Abedi's sister, said she thought her brother was driven to murder because he wanted revenge for "the explosives America drops on children in Syria". He was also spotted on a flight from Frankfurt to the U.K.in 2015. "In any case, the links with Daesh are proven", he said. "His friends are not in the Libyan community", Fadil told AFP, adding that locals said Abedi had a history of drinking and smoking cannabis.
The Daily Star of Scotland leads with claims by Salman Abedi's father that his son is innocent of the bombing and was looking forward to becoming an uncle. "And he gave a good stare, a threatening stare into the Imam's eyes. he was banned".
The 22-year-old Abedi traveled to Germany at least twice, Focus reported, citing anonymous German intelligence officials.
On the artistic front, Grande cancelled concerts that were to take place Thursday and Friday in London, and in several other sites in Europe.