The New York Times defended publishing the leaked photographs from the scene of the attack, which killed 22 people and injured dozens at the end of a concert by US popstar Ariana Grande.
Over the past three days, several key details of the investigation, including the name of the bomber, first came out in USA media, angering British police who feared such leaks risked compromising their investigation.
These arrests are “significant”, he said, with searches having “revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation”.
Relatives of the British-born bomber are being interrogated by Libyan authorities in Tripoli, where his father Ramadan and teenage brother Hashim were arrested on Wednesday.
Abedi set off a bomb Monday night as fans left a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring 64, many of them critically.
A British official said Thursday that Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the investigation due to leaks blamed on US officials. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
May confirmed Thursday afternoon that she would probe U.S. President Donald Trump on the leaks when the two meet later in the day for scheduled talks between European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders. Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the US government’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA. “It is our deepest defense and security partnership”.
The New York Times published on Wednesday what appeared to be police photographs showing fragments from the bomb and a backpack used to hide it.
Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the leaks had upset victims of the attack and their families. “The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling”, Trump said in the statement.
The President added the persons behind the intel leaks, “if appropriate, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”.
In a statement, the New York Times defended its decision to publish the images, saying they were “neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims”.
“Eventually he was doing very bad at his university, at his education, and he didn’t complete, and they tried to take him back to Libya several times”, El-Sayed said.
Britain raised its terrorism alert level to critical – the highest step – after the blast, signaling that another attack was highly likely and could be imminent.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers have been deployed to guard key locations around the United Kingdom, including Buckingham Palace, to free up armed police to conduct extra patrols.
“The public should remain vigilant”, May said.
People look over floral tributes in St. Ann’s Square for the people who lost their lives during the Manchester terror attack in central Manchester, Britain, 24 May 2017.
“I think he saw children-Muslim children-dying everywhere, and wanted revenge”, she told the Wall Street Journal.
British news media said the youngest victim, Saffie Rose Roussos, was eight years old.
She credited her dad’s quick action in picking her up and tying off her wounds to stem the bleeding. “To have information put in the public domain before it was put there by people here is just wrong”.
Eight men are now in custody, while a man and a woman, held following searches in the Manchester suburbs of Withington and Blackley, have been released.
Police said they were making good progress.
He also said that standby notices issued to NHS staff – which means health organisations have to be on alert in the run-up to the bank holiday in case of another attack – were precautionary.
In France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday that British and French intelligence have information that Abedi had likely traveled to Syria. He had been in Libya for three weeks and returned days before his attack, U.S. military officials told CNN.
Investigators are also looking into the Abedi family’s ties in Libya.
Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun. The Manchester local community has come together to remember and mark the deaths, and to demonstrate their solidarity with the city.
New details about Abedi emerged Wednesday, including that he had been known to intelligence services, Rudd told the BBC.
A German magazine, meanwhile, reported that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria. “And he gave a good stare, a threatening stare into the imam’s eyes”.
Amber Rudd told Sky News that US officials provided information to the news media that Britain preferred to keep confidential for reasons of operational security. Next week’s premiere of the film “The Mummy” in London was also canceled.