UK criticises US leaks about concert bombing

Armed police stand outside Manchester Central in Manchester, England, in 2015.

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

The UK government has expressed its anger after a US newspaper published photos apparently showing the scene of the Manchester Arena attack that left 22 dead and several others injured.

He described it as "a classic explosive device used by terrorists", using the same substance as the one used in the deadly November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels.

Suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi had expressed a desire to avenge the killing of a friend in the British city previous year, a source close to his family said today.

Multiple media outlets said Thursday, citing anonymous British intelligence sources, that the Greater Manchester Police would stop sharing information on their fast-developing investigation into the bombing with us counterparts after someone within USA counterintelligence seemed to have leaked photos of Monday night's Manchester terrorist attack to the New York Times.

A fifth man who was carrying a suspect package was then detained in Wigan, northwest of the city.

A woman who was arrested in the Blackley area of Manchester on Wednesday has been released without charge.

British security services are now trying to work out what turned Salman Abedi, the tall, skinny son of a devout Muslim who opposed former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, into a killer.

British Prime Minister Theresa May raised British concerns with Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, stating intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure, in a rare public show of dissatisfaction.

Abedi's father and brother were arrested by Libyan security forces Wednesday.

With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical", meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are racing to uncover the network around bomber Salman Abedi. A spokeswoman for PM May declined to comment on the reports.

Fully armed and combat-ready United Kingdom soldiers were deployed on streets in London, Manchester and other cities in a show-of-force security operation.

The force said it was "confident" it had identified every victim but they would not be formally identified until after post-mortem examinations were completed in four to five days.

He said, however, that even if US intelligence sources shared vital information with the media, it likely would not affect the strong intelligence sharing relationship between the USA and Britain because it helps both countries.

  • Leroy Wright