A total of eight people have been arrested in the U.K.in connection with Monday night's suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, including two men arrested early Thursday morning, the Washington Post reports.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said Thursday that it was "absolutely understandable" that the leaks to USA media had caused the victims' families distress, but he would not comment on reports by British outlets suggesting intelligence sharing between the two allies would be reduced to some extent as a result.
Manchester's police chief said on Wednesday Abedi was part of a network, and media have reported that authorities suspect he received help constructing the bomb and planning the attack.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that she planned to confront Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting about the leaks, which included highly sensitive police photos of the ongoing investigation into the attack. Numerous victims were young children.
Police in Manchester said they would stop sharing information with their American counterparts after photos appearing to show remnants from the bombing were published by the New York Times. As reported by Business Insider on Tuesday, the bomber's name, the body count and method of detonation all emerged in the U.S. long before being confirmed by the British authorities.
TRT World's Jon Brain reports on the latest from Manchester. British authorities then had no option but to follow suit, although even then they waited two hours before naming Abedi.
In a televised message, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Britain's terror threat level will remain at critical. "It's our deepest defense and security partnership that we have".
Mohammed Fadl, a spokesman for Libyan expatriates in Manchester, said Salman's family was well known in the community, especially his elder brother Ismail, but said Salman "was not socially involved in the community". Officials said 119 were also hurt.
Some 75 people are still being treated in hospital, including 23 in critical condition, medical officials said.
Manchester police would not comment on information-sharing, but said at a news conference that the families of attack victims were distressed by leaks.
Hopkins said the "fast-moving investigation" at a number of addresses across the United Kingdom had led to eight arrests, all men. "The only thing I saw was the bottom half of the suicide bomber".
A British official confirmed Abedi had been on the intelligence radar before the massacre.
The British government and Greater Manchester police had refused to confirm the identity of the suicide bomber as Salman Abedi just over two hours before his name appeared in USA media outlets.