United Kingdom interior minister "confident" Manchester attack leaks will end - BBC reporter

British media have reported that one of the eight people under arrest is Abedi's brother but police have not confirmed that.

The investigation of the Manchester Arena attack that killed 22 people extended across Europe and into Libya, where most of the suspected bomber's family lived.

Abedi blew himself up in the Manchester Arena foyer as thousands of concertgoers were streaming out of the venue after a gig by USA pop star Ariana Grande. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

At a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May will confront President Donald Trump over USA leaks in relation to the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people, including children and teenagers, late on Tuesday night.

These problems are the kind Trump was seeking to prevent in the U.S.by restricting immigration from terror hotspots - an issue which became a central part of his campaign.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd had said she was "irritated" by the early release of the bomber's name and she said she had made it "very clear" to USA counterparts that no further leaks should happen.

Amber Rudd told Sky News that United States officials provided information to media that Britain preferred to keep confidential for reasons of operational security.

Greater Manchester Police released a statement condemning the leaks on behalf of the National Counter-Terrorism Policing units that suggested a severe rupture in trust between Britain and the United States, who have traditionally shared intelligence at the highest levels.

The pictures were apparently taken by police investigators and, according to British government ministry sources, leaked by USA counterparts they had been shared with. "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this", he said.

He said he has asked the Justice Department and other agencies to "launch a complete review of this matter".

The New York Times said it did not publish the story lightly.

Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties at places like Buckingham Palace and Downing Street to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation.

In Manchester's St. Ann's Square, where a sea of floral tributes grew by the hour, a crowd sang the hometown band Oasis' song "Don't Look Back in Anger".

Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where some of the casualties have been treated, and was filmed chatting with a girl lying injured on a ward.

She told Evie Mills (14) and her parents: "It's terrible". The 50-year-old was at the concert with her daughter.

He said: "I can't imagine what their parents were going through but actually it was remarkably hard - not having a clue of the name of the person you were looking after and not knowing where their parents were to be able to talk to them and share with them actually what was going on., That was really difficult".

More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care. Today, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told media that the Manchester bomb utilized the same explosive as bombs used in the November 2015 Paris attacks and the March 2016 Brussels attacks. "They are unjust to the Arabs".

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but there were contradictions in its accounts of the action and a lack of crucial detail.

A photo published by the BBC reportedly of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi.

Investigators also are looking into the Abedi family's ties in Libya. Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya. His Facebook page shows that he returned to Manchester at least once in 2013, and The Guardian reported he stayed in Britain for 10 days in February 2017.

At least five children were among the patients being treated for "horrific" injuries on Friday after Salman Abedi murdered 22 people and wounded 116 by blowing himself up near the venue's exit.

"Very few people in the community here were close to him, and therefore, Salman's fanaticism wasn't something the community was aware of", he told the AP.

  • Jon Douglas