U.K. criticizes U.S. for leaks about concert bombing

Nick Mcbride
May 25, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a speech earlier that police and security services knew the identity of the attacker but would not name him at the time to protect the interests of the investigation. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and other locations.

Police in Tripoli on Wednesday arrested Abedi's younger brother and his father, who said he did not expect the attack.

Seven arrests have now been made in Britain and Libya as police scramble to close down a network around the Manchester suicide bomber, as details about the investigation were leaked to United States media, infuriating authorities who fear a second attack is imminent.

Britain is on its highest terror alert level following Monday's bombing, meaning another attack is thought imminent, and police are searching for the perpetrator's accomplices.

The Telegraph newspaper reported that Abedi was born in Manchester and was one of four children to parents who were Libyan refugees who fled to Britain at the height of the Gaddafi regime.

Ramadan Abedi fled to the U.K.in the early 1990s to escape the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to The Guardian.

Heavily armed police raided an apartment building in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon, blasting the door open with a controlled explosion.

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British officials have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

Earlier, four senior European diplomats told Reuters that France and Germany would agree to a USA plan for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump, but that the move was symbolic. Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.

"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", she said. Officials say 20 of them are being treated for critical injuries. Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery".

As soldiers replaced armed police at Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament, London Police Commander Jane Connors said the goal is to "make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate".

May said the move will allow the police to significantly increase the number of armed officers on patrol.

Collomb, who spoke with May after the attack, said the two countries should continue cooperating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain's pending exit from the European Union.

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