Manchester Bomber Repeatedly Reported to Authorities over Five Year Period

Britons faced stepped-up security, authorities pushed forward with raids they said were uncovering key evidence and a trans-Atlantic rift opened Thursday in the aftermath of a deadly concert bombing.

Twenty-two people were killed and around 120 people injured when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who spoke about the matter with U.S. President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, said the countries' partnership on defense and security was built on trust.

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BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera says United Kingdom officials believe that USA law enforcement rather than the White House is the likely culprit for the leaks.

Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered attacks in the last two years.

Trump had shared highly classified intelligence from an Israeli-run spy - who was the reason for the recent ban on laptops on some flights - to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a White House meeting.

Britain's terror threat level was raised to "critical" - the highest level - on Tuesday over concern another attack could be imminent. Troops have been deployed to free up police officers for patrols and investigations.

It said its coverage of the attack "has been both comprehensive and responsible". Twenty-three remained under close care.

Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where some of the casualties have been treated.

For a second night, a throng of people filled a Manchester square for a vigil for the victims.

In the letter, Grande says she will return to Manchester "to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families".

"It's terrible. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing", the 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents. Eight people are now in custody.

One brother living in Libya allegedly had been investigated for links to the Islamic State group, and Abedi's father had allegedly belonged to a Libyan militant group years ago that was backed by al-Qaida.

Ramadan Abedi told the Associated Press early Wednesday that he believed his son was innocent.

Home searches across Manchester have uncovered important items for the investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief announced Thursday.

Manchester police have stopped sharing investigative information with the US until they are guaranteed an end to media leaks, a British official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police. Due to the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement, it is then passed on to the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

United Kingdom officials were reportedly angered on Wednesday night after The New York Times published images from the scene of the bombing carried out by Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

Jomana Abedi said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal: "I think he saw children - Muslim children - dying everywhere, and wanted revenge". He criticised media for publishing such material.

When it became public, Trump, who had cheered leaks from the campaign trail but had come to view them differently as a target after election, argued that as the president, he can decide what is classified and what is not.

  • Latoya Cobb