Suspected Manchester bomber's final words before the fatal attack

Four days after a British-born suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 others at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England, the singer posted an open letter to her fans, praising them for their resilience and announcing plans for a benefit show.

As police raids continued Friday, specially-trained firearms officers were being assigned patrol duty on trains for the first time in Britain.

The brothers spoke on the phone just minutes before the attack at a concert at Manchester Arena, Ben Salem said, but Hashim told his Libyan interrogators that he did not know details about where and when the blast would be.

May also said in televised comments that the terror threat level would remain at "critical" - the maximum level - after being raised on Tuesday following the attack in which 22 people were killed.

"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling", Trump said in a statement released after he arrived in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, also attended by May.

President Donald Trump on Thursday described US intelligence leaks over the Manchester bombing as "deeply troubling" and threatened to prosecute those responsible, after a warning by British Prime Minister Theresa May to keep shared data "secure".

-Frank Jordans of The Associated Press reported from Berlin. "We don't believe in killing innocents", Ramadan Abedi said before he was detained in Tripoli.

The decision to stop sharing police information with U.S. agencies was an extraordinary step as Britain sees the United States as its closest ally on security and intelligence. "There will be more arrests and there will be more searches", he said.

May, at the G7 summit, took exception.

"Part of that is knowing intelligence can be shared confidently and I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence shared with law enforcement agencies must be secure", she told reporters. She continues, "We will not quit or operate in fear. It's a choice between me, working constantly to protect the national interest. and Jeremy Corbyn, who frankly isn't up to the job".

Manchester police have stopped sharing investigative information with the USA until they are guaranteed an end to media leaks, a British official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Hopkins said leaked forensic photographs from the arena, published by the New York Times overnight, had "caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

'My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones.

The BBC said Manchester police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but were furious about the leaks.

  • Salvatore Jensen