Manchester Terrorist May Have Made His Own Bomb
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 20:19
However, British authorities were left "furious" by repeated leaks of material shared with their US counterparts, which provides an awkward backdrop for Prime Minister Theresa May's meeting with US President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels later Thursday.
"If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", Trump said.
The decision to stop sharing police information with U.S. agencies was an extraordinary step for Britain, which is usually at pains to emphasize its "special relationship" with the United States.
Hopkins said the "fast-moving investigation" at a number of addresses across the United Kingdom had led to eight arrests, all men.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said, without elaborating, that searches of suspects' homes brought "very important" clues in the probe of Monday's bombing at the close of an Ariana Grande show.
Trump had called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete" during his election campaign, and although he has subsequently reeled back on his comments, the issue of financial burden sharing hung grimly over the alliance meeting.
Abedi was first revealed as the attacker on Tuesday by CBS in the United States, prompting UK police to put out a statement saying speculation was "unhelpful and potentially damaging" to the investigation. So if u think u scared us.if you think your cowardice act made us change how we live.sorry.
A spokesman for Britain's antiterror police said British investigators relied on trust with security partners around the world. When asked whether the revelation of Abedi's name had compromised the investigation, she said that had not been the case.
The 22-year-old suicide bomber was radicalised during trips to Syria and was known to British intelligence services, it has emerged.
Twenty-two people were killed and dozens more seriously injured when Abedi, 22, detonated a device as fans left Manchester Arena, where USA star Ariana Grande was performing on Monday night. The victims ranged from an eight-year-old schoolgirl to parents who had come to pick up their children. The National Health Service says 75 people have been admitted to eight hospitals, "including 23 patients now receiving critical care". "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this".
"It is absolutely understandable the distress and upset that this caused to these families that are already suffering", he said.
"Of course that partnership is built on trust, and part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently, and I will be making clear to President Trump today that intelligence shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure".
"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", she said. "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation".
The BBC said later Interior Minister Rudd was now confident the leaks, which she had described as irritating, would now stop. The bomber's name was allegedly released by USA officials just as raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya where the bomber's father lives. Reports in the US disclosing details of the investigation sparked outrage among British officials. Trump shared sensitive information about Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in a meeting with Russian officials last week; he denied that the details came from Israel, which some media had reported, and defended providing the information about airline safety.