Monday, 23 October, 2017

British police 'working closely' with United States again after 'fresh assurances'

Kenny Thornton | 26 May, 2017, 19:40

British police have resumed intelligence-sharing ties with USA law enforcement after they were temporarily stopped in a row over leaks about the Manchester bombing investigation.

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi likely received some ISIS training by traveling to Syria in the months before the bombing, according to information gathered in the preliminary investigation into the attack, a United States official told CNN Thursday. "While we do not usually comment on information sharing arrangements. having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world", said Mark Rowley, Britain's lead officer for counter-terrorism policing.

Fox News reported the statement released by the White House saying, "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this".

An extraordinary row erupted between the USA and British authorities after a host of sensitive information was leaked to American news outlets in the wake of Monday's attack.

"I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", he said in a statement released after his arrival in Brussels.

The New York Times published detailed pictures of the crime scene, including the remains of the suspected bomb and the rucksack worn by the suicide bomber.

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the publication of leaked intelligence by the New York Times had " caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

The channel said its investigation reveals how Abedi grew up on the same housing estates in south Manchester as a group of young men who radicalised each other with some fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Earlier on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to US President Donald Trump to say intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure.

Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe
Chaffetz is seeking Federal Bureau of Investigation documents and recordings detailing communications between Trump and Comey. He says the committee will be "following up with subpoenas" to maximize the chances of getting information from Flynn.

The president criticised the leaks and vowed to investigate.

Greater Manchester Police said the man was taken into custody after a property search at an address in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

They "cannot be tolerated and we will make every effort to put an end to it", Sessions said in a statement Thursday.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd this morning confirmed it was unlikely bomber Salman Abedi was acting alone. Officials will also examine how to ensure potential threats do not slip through the dragnet, he said, particularly when they were traveling in and out of the United Kingdom, as Abedi had, most recently by taking what relatives said was a trip to Libya before returning to England last week.

Bin Salem says the mother told interrogators that her son left Libya for England only four days before the bombing and called her on the same day of the attack.

Queen Elizabeth II visited the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Children's Hospital, where some of the wounded from Monday's bombing are being treated.

Monday night's attack at Manchester Arena during the Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people and injured 119.

The city's two giant soccer clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, laid aside their rivalry to jointly donate 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) to an emergency fund set up to support families affected by the attack.

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