Manchester attack: UK resumes US intelligence sharing after leak row

Following the overthrow of Gaddafi, the family reportedly spent much of their time in Libya, with Abedi and his 23-year-old brother Ismail usually remaining in Manchester.

British police have reopened information-sharing ties with the United States following a spat over leaked evidence from the Manchester bombing, police chiefs said.

With the terror threat level remaining at "critical", British military personnel will continue to assist police in protection duties at key sites such as Buckingham Palace, government and parliament buildings, as well as at important events across the country.

Almost 1,000 soldiers are on patrol, supporting police at key locations.

On Tuesday, "U.S. officials" named the suspected attacker as Salman Abedi, hours before the British authorities released that identity.

Ahmed bin Salem, the spokesman of a Libyan anti-terror force, says the father of Salman Abedi, Hashim, was detained yesterday.

The New York Times defended its decision to publish detailed images of the Manchester Arena crime scene following Monday's terror attack.

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, although it is not clear that the newspaper obtained the photos from USA officials.

"This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorised disclosures will occur", a counter-terrorism source told Reuters.

"I think it's pretty disgusting", said Scott Lightfoot, a Manchester resident, speaking outside a train station in the city. "The U.S. media ignored the request, published his name and it became instantly known around the world", the editorial said.

"Who's leaking it? Where's it coming from?"

Former British intelligence officer Ben Owen told the BBC that the United States could respond by withholding information from British officials, and urged a solution.

The BBC said Manchester police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but were furious about the leaks.

The young Briton is accused of killing at least 22 people and injuring 59 others by detonating a suicide bomb during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The victims ranged from an eight-year-old schoolgirl to parents who had come to pick up their children.

The suspect's brother testimony corresponds with media reports of a "huge load of unused chemicals" allegedly found the bombing suspect's Manchester home, while London police said they were searching for a "network" of possible accomplices.

It's our deepest defense and security partnership that we have and it is built on trust, and part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently.

Britain's defense ministry says the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled so that police officers can be re-deployed in the wake of the Manchester concert attack.

  • Leroy Wright