UK authorities 'furious' at leaks of Manchester attacks probe by US
02:08, May 27, 2017
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With British police investigating an alleged network linked to the British-born suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, the matter of information leaked to US media will be taken up by British Prime Minister Theresa May when she meets President Donald Trump at a later North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, the BBC reported.
The source said: "Abedi was one of a larger pool of former subjects of interest whose risk remained subject to review by MI5 and its partners".
Her Manchester Arena concert on Monday night had just ended when a bomb was set off in the foyer, killing 22 people.
British officials reacted with anger on Wednesday after the New York Timespublished forensic photographs from the crime scene at Manchester Arena thought to have been leaked by US intelligence.
A police officer stands outside Didsbury mosque in Manchester.
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.
After the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, police are hunting for accomplices whom they suspect helped Salman Abedi build the bomb that killed 22 people on Monday in a crowded concert hall in the northern English city of Manchester. "Officers are in attendance and we are now assessing the situation", The Greater Manchester Police reported on Twitter.
Britain has suspended intelligence sharing on the Manchester bombing with the US after American officials leaked information to the media, an issue that British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise with US President Donald Trump later Thursday.
Arriving at the summit she told reporters the "special relationship" with the USA on intelligence sharing is based on trust.
Responding to the leak in the New York Times of crime scene photos showing bomb fragments and the backpack used by Abedi to hide his device, the National Police Chiefs' Council said it "undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".
Manchester mayor Andy Burnham tweeted: "Complained to acting US Ambassador about leaks out of USA and was assured they would stop". And she-needless to say-is just devastated, ' he said. Hopkins said the leaks "caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss". Those include Abedi's brother Ismail, his father Ramadan Abedi told The Associated Press. Abedi's father was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s - a claim he denies.
Britain raced Thursday to hunt down a jihadist network thought to be behind the Manchester concert attack, as a row escalated between London and Washington over leaked material from the probe.
Hashem had been "under surveillance for a month and a half" and "investigation teams supplied intelligence that he was planning a terrorist attack in the capital Tripoli", the Deterrence Force said on its Facebook page.
Greater Manchester's mayor, Andy Burnham, told the BBC he had raised concerns about the leaks with the United States ambassador, while senior Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper said she was "very troubled" by those occurring in the middle of an investigation where public safety may be at risk.
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