8th suspect in connection with Manchester Arena bombing arrested
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 0:13
Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reports that British-born Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any worldwide watch list.
British authorities did not say that the investigation had in fact been compromised by the leaks.
A year nine pupil from Cheshire has been named as the 11th victim of the Manchester bombing.
This brings the total number of men in custody to eight. But leaks from the investigation were creating a trans-Atlantic diplomatic mess.
Manchester's mayor, Andy Burnham, told the BBC he had raised concerns about the leaks with the USA ambassador, while Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper said she was "very troubled" by those occurring in the middle of an investigation where public safety may be at risk.
May is expected to raise the matter with U.S. President Donald Trump when she meets him at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting later Thursday in Brussels. But "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently", she said.
"Leaking information it's something on the level of intelligence services it's not done". British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the attack were published in the New York Times.
"These images leaked from inside the United States system will be distressing for victims, their families and the wider public".
"Furious" British officials scolded their US counterparts on Wednesday following repeated leaks of shared material about the investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack. Some families issued statements describing their loss.
Meanwhile, the investigation into the blast widened.
Even though the senior Abedi denied that he was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group, former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the AP that the elder Abedi was a member in the 1990s of the group, which had links to al-Qaida. Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya.
Salman Abedi, 22, was born in Britain to Libyan parents.
Mohammed Fadl, a community leader, rejected that account. Abedi grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there.
However, Fadl said he had heard Abedi's father took his son's passport away over concerns about his ties to alleged extremists and criminals.
The father has not been charged and was only detained for questioning, Special Deterrent force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem said. Abadi's brother has since been arrested in Libya, according to a relative of the bomber.
"He was giving farewell", bin Salem said.
A German magazine reports that the Manchester concert bomber passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the attack.
A source close to the investigation into the bombing told Reuters that the focus was on whether Abedi had received help in putting together the bomb and on where it had been done. "They are unjust to the Arabs".
Bin Salem said Abedi's mother told investigators her son left for the United Kingdom four days before the attack after spending a month in Libya.
"We don't believe in killing innocents".
After bowing their heads in silence, the grieving crowd in Manchester's St Ann's Square broke into a spontaneous, gentle rendition of "Don't Look Back in Anger" by the city's own Britpop band Oasis.
Miley Cyrus has dedicated her performance on "The Voice US" to Ariana Grande and the victims of the suspected terrorist attack after her gig at Manchester Arena on Monday. "Very wicked, to target that sort of thing".
Grande was scheduled to perform two shows at London's O2 arena this week, but the singer's representative said on Wednesday she was suspending her tour to assess the situation and to "pay our proper respects to those lost".
The attack also injured 116 people, of whom 75 were admitted to hospital and 23 remain in a very serious condition, health authorities said on Thursday.
Libya said it was working closely with Britain to identify possible "terrorist networks" involved.
Gregory Katz reported from London. Contributing to this report were Sylvia Hui in London, Rob Harris in Manchester, Frank Jordans in Berlin, Julie Pace in Brussels and Matt Sedensky in NY.