Ariana Grande Offers To Pay The Manchester Arena Bombing Victims' Funeral Expenses

Claudine Rigal
Juin 8, 2017

The decision to stop sharing police information with U.S. agencies was an extraordinary step as Britain sees the United States as its closest ally on security and intelligence. "It's like your own family just passed away, it's just so, so sad, there's just sadness hanging over Manchester at the moment". Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the arrests were significant.

Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where some of the casualties have been treated. But it wasn't clear US officials were the source of the images, which the Times defended as "neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims" and consistent with basic reporting "on weapons used in horrific crimes". "Very wicked, to target that sort of thing".

A 16-year-old boy who had been arrested was released without charge, police said.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, a Manchester native, said on Friday he would donate the proceeds of his show next Tuesday in the city to a fund supporting victims and their families.

British security services were also upset that 22-year-old Abedi's name was apparently leaked by USA officials while police in the United Kingdom continued withholding it and while raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya. He said that while Abedi's family was well-known and respected - and his father even used to perform the call to prayers during the many years he lived in Manchester - Abedi himself was an unsociable young man who didn't regularly attend mosque or community gatherings.

A spokesman for the Deterrence Force, which acts as Libya's Government of National Accord's police, said the brother was aware of Abedi's plan and the siblings were both members of the Islamic State militant group. His parents had been born there before moving to Britain and he traveled there on occasion. But "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently", she said. Abedi's relative said he had spoken with his brother only, asking that his message be relayed to his mother.

It was the worst terrorist atrocity to hit Britain since the July 7 attacks in London in 2005 and sparked a huge counter-terror probe. Home Secretary (interior minister) Amber Rudd said the threat level remained at its highest level, "critical", meaning an attack is expected imminently.

Rob Harris reported from Manchester. But seeing how many innocent people were killed or injured at an event where people were supposed to be having the time of their lives, Grande took to Instagram on Friday to pen an open letter to her fans and confirm that she will soon be back in Manchester to hold a benefit show.

But hours later, the U.K.'s top terrorism officer confirmed police had received "fresh assurances" and have resumed working with their partners around the world.

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