Manchester Bombing Suspect Salman Abedi Called Mom Before Attack: 'Forgive Me'

Lauren Perry
May 26, 2017

One British official told The Associated Press that police in Manchester have stopped sharing information about their bombing investigation with the US until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the media.

May raised the issue of the intelligence leaks with Trump while they were waiting for a group photograph to be taken at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

The British government has expressed its anger at the release in USA media of details from the investigation into Monday's concert attack, including photographs of parts of the bomb.

Responding to a complaint by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, President of the United States of America, Donald Trump condemned the leaking of sensitive information about the investigation into the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people, The New York Times reported.

A source close to the family of the suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, a Manchester-born Briton of Libyan origin, meanwhile, said he had expressed a desire to avenge the killing of a friend in the English city a year ago.

Following May's remarks, Trump offered his reaction and vowed that his administration "will get to the bottom of this" and that "the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

He would not add to a statement issued by the National Counter Terrorism Police Network, which said Britain valued important relationships with intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world that "enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed Canada's commitment to sharing intelligence with the US, telling reporters in Brussels that "the track record has shown that collaboration and cooperation between allies, friends and partners has saved lives and keeps all of our citizens safe".

It's not just the British who are expressing outrage, either.

"It is not", she said.

A relative of the man suspected in the deadly Manchester concert attack says he was driven to extremism after seeing a friend fatally stabbed previous year.

"If you are an allied intelligence service you are going to think twice about sharing something if you believe this could now be published in the New York Times, it could be released, it could be out there", Mr Volker said.

"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling".

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"The focus is still the search for accomplices and the network but he could have made this bomb himself", the source said.

Identification of the 22 victims continues - as of Thursday afternoon local time 18 people who died in the blast had been named.

Mr Rowley said: "We greatly value the crucial relationship with our trusted partners around the world so we can collaborate and share sensitive information to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas".

"It has been compromised by the leaks and we can't afford anymore, so we've taken a temporary decision to say let's clear it out and draw a line, let's not have a row that lingers on".

They were members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group which has been banned in Britain.

Both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress said the relationship with Britain was too valuable to undermine with leaks.

The Manchester intelligence leaks are not the first to have emanated from the White House since Trump took office. Hopkins said the arrests were significant.

A further two people were arrested in Libya, taking the total number of people in custody in connection with the bombing worldwide to 10.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his first official visit to the United Kingdom today after a transatlantic controversy over intelligence leaks in the wake of Monday's deadly terror attack.

They prayed next to each other in the city's Albert Square, where flower tributes have been laid and vigils held since 22 people were killed and dozens were wounded after a concert by the U.S. pop star Ariana Grande.

Trump shared highly classified intelligence from the Israeli-run spy - who was the reason for a recent ban on laptops on some flights - with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a White House meeting.

The revelation came from a leaked transcript of an April 29 phone call between the two leaders.

Other reports by VgToday

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