Manchester: UK resumes intelligence-sharing after U.S. leak

British police and security services are also upset that the name of British bomber Salman Abedi was apparently leaked by US officials and published while police in Britain were withholding the name for operational security.

The pictures published by The New York Times show fragments of a blue Karrimor backpack, with carefully packed shrapnel that consisted of nuts and screws, strewn across the lobby of the Manchester Arena.

President Donald Trump said today that "deeply troubling" leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with USA agencies.

While attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels on Thursday, both U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the leaks stemming from a growing investigation into the suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured many more after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

Britain fell silent on Thursday morning in memory of those murdered in Manchester - a tribute to the 22 lives, many of them young, ended so cruelly by a suicide bomber. "I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester", Grande said in a letter posted on social media.

Also in custody is Abedi's father, who was detained in Libya, and two of Abedi's brothers, one in Libya and another in the United Kingdom.

France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State (IS) group. Officials said 119 were also hurt. Abedi was in Libya for three weeks and returned days before his attack, US military officials assigned to US Africa Command told CNN.

Residents gathered in a large circle in the city's St. Ann's Square with heads bowed before a makeshift memorial of flowers, balloons and candles dedicated to the 22 people killed when Salman Abedi detonated an improvised device just moments after a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande. A further two people were arrested in Libya, taking the total number of people in custody in connection with the bombing worldwide to 10.

A counter-terrorism force detained the father, Ramadan Abedi, outside his home in the Tripoli suburb on Wednesday, while the bomber's younger brother Hashem Abedi, was arrested on Tuesday.

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure", British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the bombing victims.

Abedi's father reportedly protested his son's innocence in the hours before his arrest.

  • Zachary Reyes