Two more arrests made in relation to UK concert bombing

Candice Alexander
June 1, 2017

"I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

Rudd criticized the USA government for leaking information about the bomber's identity.

Police are holding eight people in custody in connection with the attack on a packed concert hall, which killed 22 people.

The British government and Greater Manchester police had refused to confirm the identity of the suicide bomber as Salman Abedi just over two hours before his name appeared in USA media outlets.

Before further details were published by the New York Times, Ms Rudd had said she had been "very clear with our friends that that should not happen again".

The British investigation is now reportedly focusing on who helped Abedi, and on whether the bomb-maker is still at large.

"That incident stirred up a sense of anger among young Libyans in Manchester and especially Salman, who clearly expressed his desire for revenge", said the source, declining to be named. British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the terror threat to its highest level - critical - for the first time in a decade. Police said Thursday that a woman arrested in Blackley had been released without charge.

Hopkins said on Wednesday that Abedi was part of a network.

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.

The government is "furious" over a string of leaks of details about the investigation into a blast which killed 22 at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, Sky news said.

"It is absolutely understandable the distress and upset that this caused to these families that are already suffering", he said.

"We stand defiant", she said.

British authorities have indicated Abedi did not act alone.

Many European cities, including Paris, Berlin and Brussels, have suffered attacks in the last two years, underlining the importance of confidential intelligence cooperation.

The longstanding practice of allied countries sharing intelligence had already been threatened by reports that President Donald Trump disclosed classified material gathered by Israel to Russian officials in a recent Oval Office meeting.

Following the row, British security sources confirmed to the Financial Times that ceasing to share information was a real consideration and that they were "astonished" at the actions of the Americans.

Britain's Queen Elzabeth II has described the bombing as "very wicked" as she visited victims being treated in hospital. The leaks have prompted speculation that United Kingdom intelligence officials may seek to dial back the tight cooperation they have traditionally enjoyed with their closest ally.

The bombing, targeting as it did children and teenagers, has caused revulsion across the world. His father, Ramadan Abedi, and brother, Hashim, have also been arrested in Libya.

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.

Images published by The New York Times showed the remnants of the explosive device, detonator and backpack used by Salman Abedi in his attack at the exit of the Manchester Arena.

The Financial Times reported that such images are available across a restricted-access encrypted special worldwide database used by government ordnance and explosives experts in about 20 countries allied with Britain. The elder Abedi was also later arrested.

Other reports by VgToday

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