Manchester attack: leaks put strain on US-UK 'special relationship'

On Monday night, British-born Salman Abedi blew himself up after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester, killing 22 people and injuring 116.

Greater Manchester Police's chief constable Ian Hopkins called for unity as he revealed the rise, while urging victims to report any abuse.

In Manchester, a woman is arrested in an apartment block in Blackley, an area north of the city centre by armed police.

British police working on the case have resumed intelligence-sharing with US counterparts after a brief halt because of anger over leaks to USA media thought by Britain to be coming from USA officials.

"Eight men remain in custody for questioning", GMP said in a statement.

"They are very significant, these arrests", Assistant Commissioner Rowley said.

In a lengthy post on Twitter, the 23-year-old pop diva said her "heart, prayers and deepest condolences" were with those affected by the explosion that claimed the lives of 22 people, including children. British authorities are angry that photos showing the bomb's detonator, battery, and some shrapnel from the bomb were published by the New York Times.

Britain's threat level will remain at its highest level while police hunt down the suspected network of a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, interior minister Amber Rudd said yesterday.

In a statement, the force said: "We immediately established full command and control of the incident and within an hour of the attack taking place a specialist counter terrorism control room had been established with a first priority of identifying the attacker".

Meanwhile, with Britain's terror alert at critical the National Health Service said all major trauma units around the country had told staff to be prepared for a possible attack, before the weekend and with the Spring Bank public holiday on Monday.

A minute's silence was held in memory of the victims at 11am around the country, as The Queen flew to Manchester to visit a hospital caring for numerous survivors.

We have around 1,000 people involved in the investigation alone.

Focus reported that Abedi previously flew from Frankfurt to Britain in 2015.

  • Salvatore Jensen