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Police chief: Manchester searches turn up valuable info

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/25/2017 By JILL LAWLESS, PAISLEY DODDS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press
An armed soldier and policeman stand guard at Parliament, in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Armed troops are guarding vital locations in the country after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 in Manchester. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press An armed soldier and policeman stand guard at Parliament, in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Armed troops are guarding vital locations in the country after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 in Manchester. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Home searches across Manchester have uncovered important items for the investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief announced Thursday. A British official said Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the probe with the United States due to leaks blamed on U.S. officials.

A police officer at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A police officer at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the eight suspects detained so far were "significant" arrests and said the searches will take several more days to complete. Police have swooped in on multiple addresses in the city since Tuesday and those arrested include bomber Salman Abedi's brother Ismail. Hopkins did not elaborate on the material that has been found so far.

Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she plans to discuss the leaks with President Donald Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. She said she plans to "make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure."

A woman looks at the floral tributes and messages left for the victims of the concert blast, during a vigil at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A woman looks at the floral tributes and messages left for the victims of the concert blast, during a vigil at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, although it is not clear that the paper obtained the photos from U.S. officials.

Renee Rachel Black, right, and Sadiq Patelin pray in front of flower tributes at Albert Square central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24 2017. Police confirmed that more than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Renee Rachel Black, right, and Sadiq Patelin pray in front of flower tributes at Albert Square central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24 2017. Police confirmed that more than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

British police and security services were also upset that Abedi's name was apparently leaked by U.S. officials and published while police in Britain were withholding his name — and while raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya, where the bomber's father lives.

Police officers inspect litter bins in central Manchester, Britain, Thursday May 25 2017. Police are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to Monday's bombing at a pop concert. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Police officers inspect litter bins in central Manchester, Britain, Thursday May 25 2017. Police are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to Monday's bombing at a pop concert. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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A British official told The Associated Press on Thursday that police in Manchester have decided to stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the U.S. until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the media. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

A woman buy vegetables in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A woman buy vegetables in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

May also said Thursday that progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation and said the national threat level remains critical — meaning another attack may be imminent.

Two women sit in a bar in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press Two women sit in a bar in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Speaking after a meeting of the government's crisis committee, May said "the public should remain vigilant."

Police stand outside a block of flats in Blackley, north Manchester, Wednesday May 24, 2017, where a woman has been arrested in connection with the Manchester arena bombing. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police stand outside a block of flats in Blackley, north Manchester, Wednesday May 24, 2017, where a woman has been arrested in connection with the Manchester arena bombing. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

As hundreds of British soldiers protected some of the world's most visited tourist sites in London and elsewhere, police are pressing to uncover the network that is thought to have helped Abedi in the deadly attack. The attacker himself died in the blast Monday night at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Greater Manchester Police condemned the investigation leaks on behalf of the National Counter-Terrorism Policing units in a statement that suggested a severe rupture in trust between Britain and the United States, who have traditionally shared intelligence at the highest levels.

Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

"When the trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their family," the statement said. "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter terrorism investigation."

A man walks past a newspaper reporting in the front about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande and in the back page about the victory of Manchester United winning the soccer Europa League final, in Manchester, Britain, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A man walks past a newspaper reporting in the front about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande and in the back page about the victory of Manchester United winning the soccer Europa League final, in Manchester, Britain, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

On Thursday at 11 a.m., many across Britain fell silent and bowed their heads for a minute in tribute to the victims of Monday night's bombing. Crowds gathered at well-known sites including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares and Manchester's Albert Square.

Police at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the bombing victims, their families and medical staff.

A woman reacts as people look at tributes in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, ahead of a minute's silence for the victims of the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A woman reacts as people look at tributes in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, ahead of a minute's silence for the victims of the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

The 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents: "It's dreadful. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing."

People hold a minute of silence in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press People hold a minute of silence in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

She also chatted and shook hands with hospital staff, and told the father of another injured teenager at the hospital: "It's not something you expect at all."

A woman reads a newspaper reporting in the front about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande and in the back page about the victory of Manchester United winning the soccer Europa League final, before holding a minute of silence in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti): Police officers inspect litter bins in central Manchester, Britain, Thursday May 25 2017. Police are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to Monday's bombing at a pop concert. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Police officers inspect litter bins in central Manchester, Britain, Thursday May 25 2017. Police are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to Monday's bombing at a pop concert. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

In addition to those killed, 116 people have received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast. The National Health Service says 75 people have been admitted to eight hospitals, "including 23 patients currently receiving critical care."

The Manchester United and Manchester City Football Clubs announced they have jointly pledged 1 million pounds ($1.29 million) to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

On the investigation front, Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area south of the city. Officers also raided a property in the city's Moss Side neighborhood early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion.

A German magazine, meanwhile, reported that the Manchester concert bomber passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the attack. Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reports that Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any international watch list.

A German security official told The Associated Press on Thursday the report was accurate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information hadn't been cleared for public release.

Focus reported that German authorities are now trying to determine whether Abedi had contact with Islamic extremists in Germany before flying to Manchester last week. It says he previously flew from Frankfurt to Britain in 2015.

The magazine also reported that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria.

The bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi insisted in an interview with The Associated Press that Salman had no links to militants, saying "we don't believe in killing innocents."

He and another of his sons, Hashim, were taken into custody Wednesday in the Libyan city of Tripoli.

Grande cancelled concerts that were to take place Thursday and Friday in London, and in several other sites in Europe.

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Dodds and Katz reported from London.

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