UK police stop sharing Manchester attack info with US after leaks

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2017

Ariana Grande has officially canceled some tour dates after the Manchester Arena terrorist attack outside her concert on Monday took the lives of 22 fans and injured many more.

Ariana Grande has put her Dangerous Woman tour on hold following the suicide bomb attack outside her concert at Manchester Arena on Monday.

The family source, asking not to be identified, said intelligence services had arrested Hashem Abedi, who like his older brother Salman was born in Britain, on Tuesday.

The bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi (also known as Abu Ismail), was also detained in Tripoli on Wednesday.

The three arrests were made in the south of the city as part of their ongoing investigation, a Manchester police spokeswoman said.

Responding to the leak in the New York Times of crime scene photos showing bomb fragments and the backpack used by Abedi to hide his device, the National Police Chiefs' Council said it "undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".

"As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning". He is said to be the lone attacker who detonated bombs as teenagers were leaving the venue.

Ramadan Abedi says he spoke to his 22-year-old son, Salman Abedi, five days ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia and sounded "normal".

"Clearly, this was a pretty sophisticated and powerful bomb", a high-ranking Western government official told NPR, explaining that officers believe Abedi received help with the attack.

As a result, officials in the United Kingdom raised the country's threat level to "critical" - the highest it can go. "He was angry", a neighbor of Abedi told The New York Times of his reaction to the anti-extremist sermon.

Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.

Abedi had travelled recently to Libya, where his parents had moved after living in Britain for two decades.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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