Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

United Kingdom stops sharing info with US

United Kingdom stops sharing info with US

"They wouldn't let you share bread with them", she said Abedi told her.

With the official threat level raised to "critical", meaning a further attack could be imminent, troops have been deployed to free up police, and armed officers patrolled trains for the first time in Britain.

Wearing jeans, trainers and a dark jacket, Salman Abedi cuts an unobtrusive figure in his final moments before slaughtering 22 concert-goers on Monday. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders.

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He also recognized the importance of the US' relationship with the United Kingdom, which is arguably America's closest intelligence sharing partner.

Authorities are now handling 500 terror-related investigations into 3,000 individuals, with another 20,000 people on the radar posing a "residual risk".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd complained the leaks could cost police "the element of surprise" in their bid to prevent future attacks.

Some bands - including Blondie, Kiss and Take That - have canceled shows after the blast but representatives for several music acts - including Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Shawn Mendes, Guns N' Roses and Phil Collins - said they will honor their European dates this summer. "A threat level of "severe" means an attack is highly likely - the country should remain vigilant".

Operations have been ongoing since the Monday's attack at the MEN arena, as police pursue leads on whether suicide bomber Salman Abedi was aided by others.

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Many European cities, including Paris, Berlin and Brussels, have suffered attacks in the last two years, underlining the importance of confidential intelligence cooperation.

Manchester police continued making arrests in the investigation with the number of detentions rising to eight in the wake of the UK's worst terrorist attack since the July 2005 bombings in London. All are men, aged between 18 and 44.

Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya, where the family originally come from. He returned to Britain in 2014 with his mother, the friend said.

Abedi's father reportedly protested his son's innocence in the hours before his arrest.

Police were racing to uncover the network around Abedi that they say "clearly" exists.

It did not appear that he had stayed very long or even left the airports in Turkey and Germany, but German authorities were looking into a 2015 visit by Abedi to Frankfurt.

Officers also raided a property in the Moss Side area of the city early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion. Another place searched was an apartment in a Manchester high-rise that British media say was rented by Abedi in the months before the attack. While the precise details of when and how Salman Abedi chose to turn to violent extremist remain unknown, his sister said he was loving but driven by a desire for revenge. The stadium held a minute of silence for the bombing victims. Arsenal fan Liz Johnson said she was "sad after what happened in Manchester".

"I have a few like holes in my legs and stuff and I have a bit of a cut, and my arm and just a bit here, but compared to other people I'm quite lucky really", she said. Before carrying out the deadly attack at Manchester Arena, Abedi had joined Manchester's huge student population.

May said she would talk to Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit later on Thursday about the leaks, which included the publication of photographs of the bomb site by the New York Times. He added: "I want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant and initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation". Grande, meanwhile, promised to return to "the incredibly fearless city of Manchester" to hold a benefit concert for the victims.

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