Manchester slaughter: Bomber Abed linked to IS in Syria, dozens of victims fight for their lives
As victims of the Manchester terror attack fight for their lives in hospitals across the city, reports suggest that suicide bomber Salman Abed travelled to Syria and had "proven" links with Islamic State,
France's interior minister Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria. The disclosure came as Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed the UK security services had been aware of the British-born 22-year-old.
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"We do know that he was known up to a point to the intelligence services," she told Sky News.
"I am sure that we will get more information about him over the next few days and the next few weeks."
She voiced her concern over details of the Manchester attack appearing to come out of the United States stating: "I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again."
Ms Rudd said it was "irritating" when information was released from other sources as British authorities worked on the ongoing investigation.
Since the atrocity, some information relating to it has come out from America rather than from the British police or security services.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if the information sharing may be working against what the police want in public, Ms Rudd said: "Yes, quite frankly, the British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again.
Asked if the Americans had compromised the investigation, she added: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again."
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