Theresa May to confront Trump on Manchester attack leaks
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 21:40
He said: "Having made enormous progress and made some significant arrests and had some significant finds, there still remain important lines of inquiry for us to pursue".
The number of arrests in the United Kingdom ticked up to eight as British Transport Police said armed officers would begin patrols on some trains because of an increased threat of terrorism.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday, "This is clearly a network that we are investigating, and extensive activity is taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak".
Britons faced stepped-up security, authorities pushed forward with raids they said were uncovering key evidence and a trans-Atlantic rift opened Thursday in the aftermath of a deadly concert bombing. He promised to "make every effort to put an end to.to these rampant leaks that undermine our national security".
The brother of Salman Abedi, the suspect accused of carrying out a bombing in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people, allegedly said he knew his brother was going to carry out an attack, but did not know where or when, according to a spokesman for Libya's counter terror forces.
The developments came as the police investigation was hit by further leaks to the United States media, with the New York Times releasing crime scene photos appearing to show bomb fragments and the backpack used to hide the explosive.
"My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones", she begins.
Asked if the leaks had compromised the operation, Rudd said, "I wouldn't go that far but I can say they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".
Hopkins, the Manchester police chief, said the leaks had "caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".
Who are the Manchester bombing victims? Upon her arrival in Brussels, May said the U.S.
Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the victims, their families and medical staff.
The disclosure infuriated British officials, and Prime Minister Theresa May brought up the leaks with President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit Thursday.
"I will be making it clear to President Trump that intelligence shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure", May said.
British police reportedly stopped sharing information with the USA after police chiefs said the leaks to media risked hindering their investigation.
Seven people have now been arrested in the United Kingdom in connection with the bombing, which killed 22 people and injured 64 others on Monday. He died at the scene.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
Among those taken into custody in Libya on Wednesday were the suspected bomber's father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terrorism authorities said. Details of their alleged connection to the bombing have not been revealed. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had "likely" been to Syria after the trip to Libya, citing information provided by British intelligence services to their counterparts in Paris.