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03 June 2017

US President Donald Trump says that "deeply troubling" leaks to US media about the Manchester suicide bombing will be investigated, after irate British police briefly stopped sharing information with US agencies.

A statement from Libya's Special Deterrent Forces claims the brother told investigators both he and Salman belonged to the Islamic State group.

The concert bombing that left 22 people dead Monday night and dozens hospitalized raises the question of what, if anything, could have been done to stop him.

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

The suspected bomber has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a British student dropout born to Libyan parents who fled the regime of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

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It led the JTAC to increase the terror threat level to "critical", meaning a further terror attack was considered "imminent".

"We have had communications at the highest level of our government" about the leaks, Lukens said, according to the BBC.

Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reported that Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any worldwide watch list.

The brothers spoke on the phone just minutes before the attack, Ben Salem said, but Hashim told his Libyan questioners that he did not know details about where and when the blast would be.

The 23-year-old, who suspended her tour and returned to her Florida home after the tragedy, said she planned a concert as "an expression of love for Manchester". It also said he passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the concert attack.

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Now 11 people remain in police custody after a raid on an address in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester saw a 20-year-old and a 22-year-old detained on suspicion of terror offences.

"Sadly one of the chief culprits in leaking information has been the president himself, who may have injured our relationship with one of our other partners over his conversations with the Russians in the White House", said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

"Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services have pointed to the connections between wars we have been involved in or supported and and fought in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home", he said.

And late on Wednesday, The New York Times published photos of items "found on the scene in Manchester", including possible switches and power sources for the bomb.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his first official visit to London to meet with his counter-part, Boris Johnson. Asked about intelligence-sharing between the USA and Israel earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had Trump by his side then, said it's never been better.

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