Concert bomber asked mom to forgive him hours before attack

Concert bomber asked mom to forgive him hours before attack

Concert bomber asked mom to forgive him hours before attack

President Donald Trump has said that "deeply troubling" leaks to USA media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with U.S. agencies.

The official threat level was raised after the Manchester attack to "critical", its highest level, meaning a further attack could be imminent.

The decision to stop sharing police information with US agencies was an extraordinary step as Britain sees the United States as its closest ally on security and intelligence.

Police said a man was arrested in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Friday and another man held earlier was released without charge.

"This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorised disclosures will occur", said a counter-terrorism source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Clarke added that there was enough proof, including bomber Salman Abedi's links to Libya, to "join the dots".

Tripoli - Libya is working closely with Britain to identify possible "terrorist networks" involved in the attack at a pop concert in Manchester, a senior Libyan official said on Thursday.

After arresting a 23-year-old man on Tuesday, British police said they had taken three more men into custody on Wednesday in south Manchester, where Abedi lived.

Could these leaks make other nations be more cautious about the intelligence they share with the U.S.? The next day, a New York Times report that included photographs of fragments of the bomb prompted British authorities to cut off intelligence sharing with USA counterparts.

President Donald Trump lashed out at diplomatically damaging leaks from the USA about the Manchester bombing probe, after British authorities, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized American officials for loose talks about the ongoing investigation.

"I think it's pretty disgusting", said Scott Lightfoot, a Manchester resident, speaking outside a train station in the city.

"Who's leaking it? Where's it coming from?"

The Financial Times reported that such images are available across a restricted-access encrypted special worldwide database used by government ordnance and explosives experts in about 20 countries allied with Britain.

The database of potential attackers "reveals the scale of the challenge from terrorism in the 21st century", UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said, adding that the magnitude of the threat requires investment "in intelligence-led policing".

US channel ABC News reported that police had found a kind of bomb-making workshop in Abedi's home and he had apparently stockpiled enough chemicals to make additional bombs.

And now footage filmed by a neighbour has been revealed showing the lunatic's behaviour in the run up to the terror attack. The report said one suspect device was blown up in a controlled explosion.

The decision was an extraordinary measure for Britain, which routinely shares highly sensitive intelligence with the "Five Eyes" group of nations: the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

At a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels on Thursday, May confronted Trump over the issue, saying shared intelligence "should be kept secure".

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