British Prime Minister Theresa May had warned the "special relationship" could be harmed by the repeated leaking of confidential details and raised her concerns with Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels yesterday.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, the official opposition to the British government, drew a link between United Kingdom foreign policy and terror attacks as the main political parties resumed general election campaigning Friday, following the Manchester attack. The suspect was in transit only in the security area, Dusseldorf police said.
Police announced two new arrests Thursday in their probe, bringing the total to eight people in custody in Britain.
- A man is arrested in Withington, a suburb of south Manchester.
Salman Abedi had expressed a desire to avenge the killing of a friend in the British city a year ago, a source close to his family said on Thursday.
British police have stopped sharing information on the suicide bombing in Manchester with the United States, the BBC reported on Thursday, because of fears that leaks to the US media could hinder a hunt for a possible bomb-maker still at large.
Interior minister Amber Rudd said the official threat risk remained at its highest level, "critical", meaning another attack is expected imminently.
A Turkish official said Abedi had transited through Istanbul's Ataturk airport "recently" and did not enter Turkey.
The family of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod released a statement through the police that spoke of their "devastation".
In addition to those killed, 116 people have received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.
The leaks have opened a diplomatic row as United Kingdom officials are said to be "furious" that their investigation was compromised when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the "New York Times".
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The decision to stop sharing police information with USA agencies was an extraordinary step as Britain sees the United States as its closest ally on security and intelligence.
"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation", a National Counter Terrorism Policing spokesman said in a statement.
"We are furious. This is completely unacceptable", a government ministry source said of the images "leaked from inside the U.S. system".
Abedi, who was known to security services for his radical views, was said to have been in close contact with family members moments before slaughtering concert-goers on Monday.
Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St. Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years.
A minute's silence was observed in honour of the victims at a square in central Manchester, after which crowds broke into an emotional chorus of "Don't Look Back in Anger", an old hit song by the band Oasis who are from the city.
The bombing, targeting as it did children and teenagers, has caused revulsion across the world.
Abedi's family remained a focus, too, with a brother in England, his father and another brother in Libya among those being detained.
British officials were particularly angry over photos published by The New York Times showing remnants of a blue backpack which may have held the explosive. He criticised media for publishing such material.
Leaks can also jeopardize investigations and judicial proceedings, said Nigel Inkster, former head of operations for MI6, the British intelligence agency.
At one apartment building in Manchester, heavily armed police swarmed in and a controlled explosion was heard.
Manchester has the largest gathering of Libyan expatriates in all of the U.K., Fadl said, adding that the community held a meeting Wednesday night on combating radicalism. They were exploring potential ties to Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan jailed in the United Kingdom for terror offenses, and to Raphael Hostey, an Islamic State recruiter killed in Syria.