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Us President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "deeply troubling" leaks to US media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with US agencies.

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.

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Salman's older brother Ismail is among those under arrest in Britain.

Hopkins said the leaks of details of the investigation to US media, which included forensic photographs of the bomb site published by the New York Times, had been hurtful to the families of the victims.

On Wednesday, it apparently happened again, with forensic photos of shrapnel, a backpack and a battery leaked to The New York Times.

Interviews with friends and family suggest that Abedi grew up in a world that straddled middle-class Britain and the Libya of his parents, both before and after the chaotic collapse of strongman Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

It has also emerged two people who had known Abedi at college made separate calls to a hotline to warn the police about his extremist views.

"This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorised disclosures will occur", said the counter-terrorism source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Britain has raised its terror alert to the maximum level and ordered troops to protect strategic sites after 22 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Manchester pop concert.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Donald Trump on Thursday to talk about leaks to the United States media.

The official also said his brother Hashim had told officials: "I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester".

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the bombing victims.

"As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning", a British police statement said. "A lot of allies are concerned about the leaks coming out of not just the senior level but also the lower echelons of the intelligence community", said Loren DeJonge Schulman, a senior national security official in the Obama administration.

So far, there have been seven arrests in the United Kingdom and two others in Libya.

Manchester's police chief said on Wednesday Abedi was part of a network, and media have reported that authorities suspect he received help constructing the bomb and planning the attack.

The nature and speed of the leaks by these USA officials have caused "disbelief and astonishment" in the British government.

  • Salvatore Jensen