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Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack

26 May 2017

President Trump ordered the Justice Department to probe alleged information leaks by US officials regarding the deadly concert bombing investigation here after British authorities announced Thursday they would stop sharing intelligence because of leaks of confidential and sensitive details about the case.

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure", she said in a televised statement.

The attack at Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande, was carried out by Salman Abedi, police said, a 22-year-old British-born man whose parents had fled the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

"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".

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States", Trump said in brief remarks, adding that many member nations owe "massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years".

It was the latest of a series of leaks to United States journalists that appeared to come from inside the USA intelligence community, passing on data that had been shared between the two countries as part of a long-standing security cooperation.

This is a breaking news story.

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The British parliament, which is usually open to visitors, said it would close to anyone who did not hold a permanent entry pass with immediate effect due to the increased security threat.

In one of the more touching moments, a crowd in Manchester then joined a woman singing the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger".

A spokesman said the brother was aware of Abedi's attack plan and both belonged to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

British officials said Abedi had been on the radar of the intelligence community before the massacre.

However, Fadl said he had heard Abedi's father took his son's passport away over concerns about his ties to alleged extremists and criminals.

Investigators are trying to find whether Abedi knew several Manchester-based jihadis, including Libyan man Abdalraouf Abdallah, who was jailed in the United Kingdom for terror offenses, and Raphael Hostey, an IS recruiter killed in Syria.

On Wednesday, The New York Times posted photos that show what it said could be the detonator, a battery, nuts and screws for shrapnel, and fragments of a backpack used in the attack.

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At 11 a.m. Thursday, many across Britain fell silent and bowed their heads for a minute in tribute to the victims of Monday night's bombing.

Fifteen-year-old Millie Robson, wearing an Ariana Grande tee shirt, told the queen she had won VIP tickets to the pop star's concert.

Abedi died in the blast that killed 22 other people.

But Manchester United fans stood together in defiant mood as their team's triumph in European football's Europa League final brought some much-needed smiles to a city still in pain.

A total of 64 people are being treated in hospital, including 20 in critical care, medical officials said.

A German magazine reports that the Manchester concert bomber passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the attack.

- Another man is arrested in the town of Nuneaton in central England, widening the British police probe from areas in and around Manchester.

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The source said at any one time there could be 3,000 subjects of interest to MI5 and Abedi was part of a "larger pool" of people formerly classed in that category.