United Kingdom furious over USA media Manchester leaks

British police chiefs have hit back at leaks of information relating to the Manchester suicide bombing that have appeared in USA media, saying breaches of trust between worldwide partners undermines investigations.

Ms Rudd added in her BBC radio interview that it was "irritating" that details about the Manchester concert bombing had been leaked to United States media before being released in Britain, saying she had spoken to United States authorities.

Suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi had expressed a desire to avenge the killing of a friend in the British city a year ago, a source close to his family said Thursday.

British investigators are hunting for potential conspirators linked to the bombing that killed 22 people, in a search that is exploring the possibility that the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacks was also to blame for the Manchester Arena attack, two officials familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

A British army soldier patrols with an armed police officer near the Houses of Parliament in central London.

After arresting a 23-year-old man on Tuesday, police said they had taken three more men into custody on Wednesday in south Manchester, the area where Abedi lived.

He was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan birth and raised in Britain.

Ramadan Abedi, who was detained by a Tripoli counterterrorism force during the interview, said his son Salman had told his family that he was heading on pilgrimage to Mecca.

Hours before the photos of the bomb fragments appeared in the U.S. media, Ms Rudd had scolded the USA security services saying that she was "irritated" by the releasing of the name of the bomber before it was made public in the UK. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

After Trump departed from Israel, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Wednesday that the country has changed its intelligence sharing apparatus following the president's disclosure of classified information to Russian officials.

Salman Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, was also arrested in Libya.

The brothers came to Libya on April 18 and Salman Abedi departed on May 17, Dagdoug said, but it's not clear at this time if Salman went to Syria.

British officials have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan declined to say Wednesday if Abedi had been placed on the U.S.no-fly list.

The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, called the leaks "arrogant, wrong and disrespectful".

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure", she said in a statement.

  • Salvatore Jensen