United Kingdom criticises USA leaks about concert bombing

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Pat Nevin Danny Mills

In an interview with AP from Tripoli, Ramadan Abedi said that he spoke to his 22-year old son five days ago who sounded "normal".

A senior Whitehall official said United Kingdom ministers had made clear their outrage to Washington, who they blame for the leaks, in what they describe as an "unacceptable" breach of trust.

Prime Minister Theresa May has placed Britain on virtually a war footing following the Manchester bombing, warning that another terror attack was "imminent", raising the security to its highest level and calling out the army.

Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the same floor, said he thought officers were looking for a woman because they "asked me if I had seen the lady next door". Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St. Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years.

Disturbing CCTV footage shows the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi buying a rucksack.

Theresa May is set to confront Donald Trump over the "completely unacceptable" leaking of intelligence on the Manchester bomb attack to the U.S. press.

An investigation of the attack and the bomber, who died in the explosion, as well as a possible network tied to him is underway, according to The New York Times.

Rudd said the "element of surprise" in the police and security service measures could be compromised by information being released too quickly.

Several media outlets, citing British officials, have stated that the bomb used at the concert was much more sophisticated than those generally employed in lone-wolf attacks. Police have confirmed that three people have been arrested in connection the atrocity. The London O2 shows this week have been canceled as well as all shows through June 5 in Switzerland. The Champions Trophy begins on June 2.

Chelsea soccer club said it had cancelled a victory parade that had been scheduled to take place on Sunday to celebrate its Premier League title.

"Focusing on counter terrorism is not just about the military defeat of terrorists but addressing the root causes of terrorism and the propagation of poisonous ideology particularly online", the official said.

"Based on the fact that we have a threat level which is now critical and the ongoing situation here, the prime minister now plans a shortened programme at the G7 so she is likely to return on Friday evening", a senior government official said.

"This tactic uses teams of specialist police officers who have been trained to spot the telltale signs that a person may be carrying out hostile reconnaissance or committing other crime".

The nature of the photographs - one of which includes a ruler placed alongside the detonator - left no doubt that they were taken as part of the forensic investigation of the scene, and were not snapshots taken by members of the public. Officials said 64 people remained hospitalized, including 20 who were critically injured.

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