May raises Manchester leaks with Trump at NATO summit
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 15:07
After Abedi's mother and three of his siblings were brought in for questioning, a Libyan official told of a final phone call he placed to his mother and brother just before the attack.
British police are irritated that information shared with USA officials has leaked to US media, which reported Abedi's name before police confirmed it.
Counter-terrorism police in Greater Manchester have arrested two more men in connection with Monday's bomb attack, bringing the number of people in United Kingdom custody to eight.
The White House had no immediate comment on the Manchester decision. He did not say where his son was at the time. Mr Trump himself has been accused of leaking confidential security information to the Russians.
"The age of them".
The New York Times defended publishing the material, saying in a statement that "the images and information presented were neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims". "These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas".
The attacker's father said that he spoke to his son last week to discuss meeting in Tripoli during Ramadan and said he was "really shocked" when he heard what had happened on Monday night.
Army bomb disposal units, together with Manchester police, attended a suspicious item in the city's Hulmes area on Thursday but Hopkins said the alert was not necessarily related to the ongoing investigation into Monday's bombing.
The National Counter Terrorism Policing body said the breach of trust caused great "damage" and "undermines our investigations".
Britain's terror threat level was raised to "critical" - the highest level - on Tuesday over concern another attack could be imminent.
But the public "should remain vigilant," May said during a brief televised address after a meeting of the government's COBRA crisis committee.
A minute's silence will be held at 11am on Thursday in remembrance of those who died or were affected by the attack.
Renee Rachel Black, right, and Sadiq Patelin pray in front of flower tributes at Albert Square central, Manchester.
As the nation mourned, Queen Elizabeth II visited children injured in the attack at a hospital in the northwestern city.
"It's awful. Very wicked to target that sort of thing", she told Evie Mills, 14, and her parents.
In addition to those killed, 116 people received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.
In Berlin, former US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a message of solidarity to the Manchester bombing victims.
Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was a British-born university dropout with Libyan jihadi links who, according to his sister, may have sought revenge for the deaths of Muslim children.
"Very few people in the community here were close to him and therefore Salman's fanaticism wasn't something the community was aware of", he told the AP. "Many Libyan youths started to become radicalised after 2011", he said.
The new insight into Abedi's motivation came as Britons faced stepped-up security, authorities pushed forward with raids and the investigation extended across Europe into Libya, where most of the suspected bomber's family lived.
"As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning", a British police statement said.
British Transport Police said armed officers would start to patrol United Kingdom trains due to the increased threat of extremist attacks.
It is not known why the neighbour had been filming Abedi but mosque chairman Abdullah Mohsin Norris, who said the 22-year-old had been removed from his mosque two months ago, confirmed he had seen him in the garment.