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25 May 2017

Reports- UK police not sharing Manchester bombing information with US

Britain "furious" after US leaks Manchester attack evidence

The BBC has reported that British police have stopped sharing information on the Manchester Arena bombing investigation with the US, following leaks to the media.

UK officials were reportedly "furious" after US media posted photos of what appeared to be bomb fragments from the attack.

Prior to this, the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to the US media.

In context

Britain "furious" after US leaks Manchester attack evidence

23 May 2017

Blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester kills 22

On May 22, at least 22 people, including children, were killed and another 59 injured in a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.

Police said the blast was carried by a lone male suicide bomber attacker. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast took place around 10:35pm local time at the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande.

Police identify 22-year-old Salman Abedi as Manchester bombing suspect

Suspect identified

Police identify 22-year-old Salman Abedi as Manchester bombing suspect

On May 24, police said 22-year-old Salman Abedi was suspected to be the Manchester Arena bomber.

Abedi had dropped out from Manchester's Salford University where he was studying business and management.

Abedi was born to a devout Libyan family and was reportedly known to security services but not considered a high risk. In recent years Abedi had turned to radical Islam.

25 May 2017

8 people arrested in connection to attack

So far, British police have arrested eight people in connection to the blast which includes Abedi's elder brother Ismail, 23.

His younger brother Hashem, 20, and father have both been detained by militia in Libya's capital Tripoli.

"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," said Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

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Manchester attack- May to confront Trump over evidence leaks

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Manchester attack- May to confront Trump over evidence leaks

PM Theresa May will be confronting President Donald Trump over US leaks of crucial evidence from the Manchester Arena bombing when the two leaders meet at a NATO summit in Brussels.

British officials were "furious" when photos apparently showing bomb fragments were published in the New York Times.

The officials reportedly believe the leak likely came from US law enforcement, not the White House.

25 May 2017

Reports- UK police not sharing Manchester bombing information with US

The BBC has reported that British police have stopped sharing information on the Manchester Arena bombing investigation with the US, following leaks to the media.

UK officials were reportedly "furious" after US media posted photos of what appeared to be bomb fragments from the attack.

Prior to this, the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to the US media.

Distressing

Leaks could undermine Manchester Arena attack investigation

A British official said: "We are furious. This is completely unacceptable."

"These images leaked from inside the US system will be distressing for victims, their families and the wider public."

Britain's counter-terrorism chiefs said the unauthorized disclosure represented a breach of trust which could undermine a "major counter-terrorism investigation."

British authorities have raised the issue with their US counterparts.

First leak

UK was already "irritated" after US media prematurely identified attacker

Britain was already angry by the fact that the US media had prematurely identified Salman Abedi as the attacker.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said this had left her "irritated" and warned the US that it should not happen again.

"The British police have been very clear they want to control the flow of information" to protect the investigation's integrity, Rudd said.

19 May 2017

Trump calls US leaks about Manchester bombing "deeply troubling"

US President Donald Trump said there would be an investigation into the "deeply troubling" leaks to the US media about the Manchester bombing.

His statement came after "furious" British authorities briefly stopped sharing information with the US agencies.

British PM Theresa May had raised concerns about the leaks by US officials to Trump at a NATO summit in Brussels.

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