Washington Post: Britain says Manchester bomber ‘likely’ had accomplices as focus turns to Libya visits
MANCHESTER, England — Britain’s domestic security chief said Wednesday it was “likely” that the bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue was not acting alone, underscoring the expanded security measures as the nation’s threat level was raised to its highest point.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd did not provide details on possible associates of the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi. But she told the BBC that security services — which had been aware of Abedi “up to a point” before the bombing — were focusing on his visits to Libya, at least one of which was very recent.
Rudd’s French counterpart, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, told broadcaster BFMTV that Abedi — whose parents emigrated from Libya — may have also gone to Syria and had “proven” links with Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Manchester blast and called Abedi a “soldier.”
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WNU Editor: The British are upset that U.S. intelligence has leaked a lot of intel on this case to the press .... U.K. Chides U.S. for Leaking Manchester Bombing Detail (Bloomberg). More here .... Britain Slams US For Leaking Details About Suicide Bomber Who "Did Not Act Alone", Had "Proven Links To ISIS" (Zero Hedge).
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