Police stop sharing Manchester intel with US

Posted May 27, 2017

"I just feel as though it's a bereavement for all of us".

Ariana Grande has cancelled gigs at London's O2 Arena following a terrorist attack at Manchester tour date which killed 22 people.

The club dedicated their trophy to those killed, while manager Jose Mourinho said they would gladly exchange it if it could bring their lives back.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise concerns with Donald Trump tday about USA leaks of intelligence on the suicide bombing in Manchester that police fear could hinder a hunt for a possible bomb-maker still at large.

Forensic crime scene images showing fragments from the bomb as well as a backpack allegedly used to carry it appeared in the New York Times on Thursday, and were picked up by other media outlets.

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham tweeted: "Complained to acting US Ambassador about leaks out of USA and was assured they would stop".

The episode is testing one of the world's closest intelligence-sharing partnerships and could have wider implications for collaboration between the United States and its closest allies.

The UK's National Police Chiefs' Council slammed the "unauthorised disclosure" and said it was a breach of trust that undermines a "major counter-terrorism investigation".

University dropout Abedi, 22, grew up in a Libyan family that reportedly fled to Manchester to escape the now-fallen regime of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

There were also reports Abedi's parents were so anxious about him being radicalised in Manchester that they got him to join them in Libya and confiscated his passport.

A spokesman said the brother was aware of Abedi's attack plan and both belonged to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack. It said the database was built around a longstanding US-British system. "We have been following him for more than one month and a half", Bin Salem said.

On Wednesday, a series of raids were executed across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire, while relatives of Abedi were detained in Libya.

British officials said Abedi had been on the radar of the intelligence community before the massacre. A spokeswoman for PM May declined to comment on the reports.

A total of 11 people have been arrested in Britain and Libya over Monday's suicide bombing on a pop concert in the northwestern English city of Manchester by a British-born man of Libyan origin.

The GMP also warned late Wednesday of fraudulent online fundraising for the families of the victims, and pointed Twitter users to a legitimate JustGiving page.

Police said they arrested two men Thursday in the Manchester area in connection with the deadly bombing, while a detained woman was released without charges.

Raids are taking place throughout the city in what police called a fast-moving investigation after British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat to its highest level - critical - for the first time in a decade.

Following the blast, 23-year-old Grande said she was emotionally "broken". These arrests are "significant", he said, with searches having "revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation".

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