Are US intelligence leaks jeopardizing Manchester attack investigation?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 15:11
Law enforcement in the United Kingdom continued to expand its investigation Wednesday, citing a wider terror network and arresting at least eight people in connection with the attack, according to Greater Manchester Police. Police officers and army personnel had rushed to a street in Hulme after a "suspicious package" was discovered there.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi spent his final moments before his attack in a rental apartment in the centre of Manchester. Officers also raided a property in the city's Moss Side neighborhood early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion.
There have been a series leaks from U.S. officials to the media over recent days.
British authorities did not say that the investigation had in fact been compromised by the leaks.
"Following this arrest, a house in Wigan was raided this morning and is now being searched".
Salman's older brother Ismail is among those under arrest in Britain.
In the Libyan capital of Tripoli, security forces arrested the bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi, as well as his younger brother, Hashem Abedi.
Authorities are investigating whether Abedi could have been stopped, after Libyan community members in Manchester reported concerns about his views.
A German security official told the Post that Abedi was in Düsseldorf just four days before Monday's attack, on his way back to Britain from Turkey. Mr Trump himself has been accused of leaking confidential security information to the Russians. "He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack". It also wished her husband, Paul, who sustained injuries in the attack, a speedy recovery.
"It's awful. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing, " the 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents. They described their daughter as "vivacious and full of fun". Eilidh was at the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, who was seriously injured and was still being treated in a Manchester hospital. An 8-year-old girl was among the dead.
"I think he saw children - Muslim children - dying everywhere, and wanted revenge".
Police have identified all 22 people who were killed and their families have been informed. The names of 19 have been released.
Manchester chief constable Ian Hopkins said good progress was being made on the investigation.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "deeply troubling" leaks to USA media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with US agencies.
"The public should remain vigilant", May said.
Queen Elizabeth II paid a surprise visit on Thursday morning to victims still recovering from their injuries at a Manchester hospital.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said that May "expressed the view that the intelligence sharing relationship we have with the U.S. is hugely important and valuable, but that the information that we share should be kept secure".