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UK police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe

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A British official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said police in Manchester will stop sharing information about the investigation with the us until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the media.

Britain's National Police Chiefs' Council warned on Wednesday that the "underauthorised disclosure" of potential evidence was a breach of trust that had potentially undermined a "major counter-terrorism investigation". The following roads are now closed - Mancunian Way, Limby street and Jackson Street.

Police hunting the terror network behind the Manchester Arena bombing have stopped passing information to the United States on the investigation as a major transatlantic row erupted over leaks of key evidence in the USA, according to a report.

Police said they arrested two men Thursday in the Manchester area in connection with the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande pop concert, while a detained woman was released without charges.

Suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi had expressed a desire to avenge the killing of a friend in the British city a year ago, a source close to his family said today.

Abedi's father, Ramadan, and his younger brother have since been detained in Libya.

Police announced the arrest of the first suspect, a 23-year-old man rumoured to be the older brother of the attacker, on Tuesday. Numerous victims were young children.

The UK terror threat level is now at its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent. Explosives are said to have been found at one site investigated.

He said, however, that even if US intelligence sources shared vital information with the media, it likely would not affect the strong intelligence sharing relationship between the USA and Britain because it helps both countries.

The leaks included suggestions that bomber Salman Abedi's family had warned security officials he was risky.

In a separate interview with BBC Radio 4, Rudd said it appears likely that Abedi was not acting alone.

An armed soldier and an armed police officer patrol outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on May 24, 2017.

France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group. "These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas", the spokesperson said.

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