British police stop sharing Manchester attack info with the USA after leaks

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 3, 2017

Just this past Monday a 22-year-old who drank, smoked weed, and rarely practised Islam, went into the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of Ariana Grande fans were leaving.

Manchester police has said, according to local media, that one of the men was arrested following a property search in the Withington area of Manchester, while another was detained elsewhere in the city.

British police are irritated that information shared with US officials has leaked to USA media, which reported Abedi's name before police confirmed it.

Grande is set to return to the spotlight, and said she will come back to Manchester to play at a benefit concert for the victims of the attack. More than 100 people were injured and 64 are still in hospital.

"Severe" is the second-highest threat level, below "critical", and indicates an attack is highly likely but not imminently expected.

One of those arrested was the bomber's older brother, 23-year-old Ismail Abedi.

The singer's gig in Manchester on Monday night was the location of an attack by a suicide bomber, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling Abedi a "soldier of the caliphate". During interrogation, Hashem Abedi revealed that he knew his brother was going to carry out an attack, but he did not know where or when, Dagdoug said.

The U.K.'s home secretary, Amber Rudd, told the BBC Radio on Wednesday that she found the leaks "irritating" because it could hurt the integrity of the investigation and ultimately "the element of surprise" to catch other suspected terrorists.

"A woman has been arrested at an address in connection with the investigation", the Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday.

Salman Abedi, 22, was identified as the bomber and was believed to have been killed in the blast.

Grande announced her intentions in a letter posted online in what was her first public response to the bombing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to express her country's concerns about the matter to President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday in Belgium, according to multiple published reports.

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