Manchester police arrest another man in connection with concert terror attack
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 22:44
USA president Donald Trump was forced to calm a growing row between United Kingdom and U.S. intelligence services after a series of leaks from the Manchester bombing investigation that infuriated investigators and hurt grieving families.
"Rage was the main reason", for the blast that killed 22 at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday, she said, speaking by telephone from Libya.
The decision to stop sharing police information with USA agencies was an extraordinary step for Britain, which is usually at pains to emphasize its "special relationship" with the United States.
Publication of photos including images of blood-stained and charred bomb parts as well as fragments of the backpack used to carry the Manchester bomb came hours after Home Secretary Amber Rudd called the leaks "irritating" and said they should stop.
In Manchester's St. Ann's Square, where a sea of floral tributes grew by the hour, a crowd sang the hometown band Oasis' song "Don't Look Back in Anger".
As the nation mourned, Queen Elizabeth II visited children injured in the attack at a hospital in the northwestern city. "Very wicked, to target that sort of thing".
Three days after the attack, some 75 people are still being treated in hospital, including 23 in critical condition, medical officials said.
Twelve of the injured are under 16.
Abedi passed through Istanbul on his way to Europe, Turkish security officials told Reuters, but said they had no records of him entering Syria during his travels as had been suggested on Wednesday by the French interior minister.
The leaks from USA officials were considered serious enough to be taken up by Prime Minister Theresa May with President Donald Trump during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.
But she added defiantly: "We will not quit or operate in fear".
With the Trump administration locked in conflict with the U.S. intelligence community and facing damaging leaks nearly daily since his sacking of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, there is speculation the row has been orchestrated to embarrass the president on the worldwide stage.
"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling", Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.
"If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".
He said: "It damages decades of confidence between the United Kingdom and USA services, the cohesion of the "Five Eyes" group, and sharing of information with French, German and other security services".
"We are furious. This is completely unacceptable", a government ministry source said of the images.
It is claimed that raid was connected to a group of Libyan extremists and that Abedi knew two members of the gang, who have ties to Manchester.
Abedi's relative said the suspected bomber was pained by the killing of Abdel-Wahab Hafidah, an 18-year-old who news reports say was chased by a group of men, run over and stabbed in the neck in Manchester in May 2016.
"There was a sermon about anti-Daesh", Ramadan said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
Libyan officials said Abedi's brother Hashem had been under surveillance for six weeks and said investigators had information he was planning "a terrorist attack" in Tripoli.