Manchester: Britain stops sharing intelligence with U.S. after leaks

Nick Mcbride
May 27, 2017

Police announced two new arrests Thursday in their probe, bringing the total to eight people in custody in Britain.

Grande canceled seven upcoming dates on the European leg of her tour following the Manchester terror attack.

Armed British Transport Police Specialist Operations officers on board a train to Birmingham New Street at Euston station in London as armed police officers are patrolling on board trains nationwide for the first time on Thursday.

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 night in a crowded concert hall in the northern English city of Manchester.

UK Interior Minister Amber Rudd said that Abedi had recently returned to the UK from Libya, although she declined to give further details concerning his trip.

"Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the Dangerous Woman Tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost", a Grande rep said. Police have swooped in on multiple addresses in the northwestern city since Tuesday and those arrested include bomber Salman Abedi's brother Ismail. Officials said 64 people remained hospitalized, including 20 who were critically injured.

However a new leak of photographs of the bomb site then prompted British police to stop sharing intelligence about the attack with US counterparts. Hopkins said the leaks "caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

Earlier, Ms May said on arrival in Brussels that she would be "making clear to President Trump today that the information shared with our law-enforcement agencies must remain secure". With extraordinary evil we must fight with extraordinary greatness ...

"While we do not usually comment on information sharing arrangements. having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world", said Mark Rowley, Britain's lead officer for counter-terrorism policing.

"Home Secretary says she's "confident" the leaks about Manchester attack to US media will now end", BBC political correspondent Vicki Young said on Twitter, referring to the interior minister by the commonly used title in Britain.

British authorities did not say that the investigation had in fact been compromised by the leaks. They were exploring potential ties to Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan jailed in the United Kingdom for terror offences, and to Raphael Hostey, an Islamic State recruiter killed in Syria. "However, it is important that we continue with these searches", he said.

Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where some of the casualties have been treated.

Around the United Kingdom, many fell silent Thursday for a late-morning minute in tribute to the victims.

The city's two giant soccer clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, laid aside their rivalry to jointly donate 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) to an emergency fund set up to support families affected by the attack.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had "likely" been to Syria after Libya, citing information provided by British intelligence services to their counterparts in Paris.

Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya, where the family originally come from.

British officials were particularly angry over photos published by The New York Times showing remnants of a blue backpack which may have held the explosive, a 12-volt battery that apparently powered the device and a possible switch in the left hand of the alleged bomber that could have ignited it.

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