Concerns Grow About Libya Connection to Manchester Bombing


British Prime Minster Theresa May was to meet US President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels today, but officials said she would cut short the second leg of her trip to the G7 summit in Italy. "It is absolutely understandable that this has caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss", he said.

The pictures were apparently taken by police investigators and, according to British government ministry sources, leaked by USA counterparts they had been shared with.

Rudd revealed the frustration going on inside the probe to find the suspected network behind bomber Salman Abedi.

Authorities were investigating whether Abedi had possible contacts with extremists in Germany, including during a 2015 visit to Frankfurt, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. British media have reported that one of them is Abedi's brother but police have not confirmed that.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had "likely" been to Syria after Libya, citing information provided by British intelligence services to their counterparts in Paris.

"Having made enormous progress and made some significant arrests and had some significant finds, there still remain important lines of inquiry for us to pursue", he said.

20 firefighters manning five fire appliances responded to the bombing on Monday evening, but not until more than an hour after they first received alerts about the 10.33pm attack.

In total, eight men are now in custody, after a man and a woman were released without charge, Greater Manchester police said in a tweet.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday linked British military action overseas to terrorism at home, and criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's government for squeezing police and prison budgets, as campaigning for the June 8 general election resumed four days after the Manchester attack.

Britain is on critical terror alert with military troops set to bolster police forces amid fears Manchester attacker Salman Abedi did not act alone.

Britain views the USA as its closest ally and the countries also share intelligence as part of the Five Eyes network, which also includes New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Britain's National Counter Terrorism Policing said the U.S. leaks undermined trust between the two countries' intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

British police chiefs said the breaches of trust between security service partners were undermining their efforts. "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counterterrorism investigation".

More information is emerging about Salman Abedi, the man who murdered 22 people outside an Ariana Grande concert.

Abedi was born in Manchester to Libyan parents who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK.

Abedi's family remained a focus, too, with a brother in England, his father and another brother in Libya among those detained.

A spokesman for the Deterrence Force, which acts as Libya's Government of National Accord's police, said the brother was aware of Abedi's plan and the siblings were both members of the militant Islamic State jihadist group.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m.by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.