Suspected Manchester Arena Bomber Had 'Desire For Revenge'

The appearance crime scene on U.S. newspaper has been a setback for the USA intelligence agencies as the British police have stopped sharing information about the Manchester suicide bombing with them.

TRT World's Jon Brain reports on the latest from Manchester.

Monday's suicide bombing, which killed 22 people and injured more than 100, many of them young people, took place just after Grande had finished performing. Former Libyan official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, which had links to al-Qaeda.

Interior minister Amber Rudd had described the leaks as "irritating" early on Thursday, after details about bomber Salman Abedi, including his name, first appeared in US media, adding that Britain's allies were perfectly clear that it "shouldn't happen again".

Ms May said in a televised statement on Thursday (UK time) she would "make clear" to Mr Trump at an upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that intelligence shared between the two countries must remain secure.

Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism police officer, said authorities have dismantled a "large part" of the network around bomber Salman Abedi. A reported 23 people remain in critical condition.

Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area in the south of the city.

The Financial Times reported that such images are available across a restricted-access encrypted special worldwide database used by government ordnance and explosives experts in about 20 countries allied with Britain.

"These searches will take several days to complete", said Ian Hopkins with the Manchester Police.

Focus reported that Abedi previously flew from Frankfurt to Britain in 2015. One of the suspect's brothers, Ismail Abedi, is among the eight arrestees.

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.

Nine people are now being held by police in connection with the bombing, which killed 22 people.

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