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British officials say they have resumed sharing information about the investigation into the Manchester bombing with US counterparts, following a brief suspension over concern that American intelligence agencies were leaking sensitive details to the media.

If confirmed, the halt to sharing investigative details with Britain's most important defense and security ally would underscore the level of anger in Britain at leaks to the USA media of details about the police investigation.

As of Thursday, the identity of the officials who leaked the information remains unknown but at a press conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country would continue to share intelligence despite the leaks. "The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security", the president said.

Mr Rowley said: 'We greatly value the crucial relationship with our trusted partners around the world so we can collaborate and share sensitive information to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this. As the BBC noted, the name of the 22 year old attacker appeared in US media hours after the explosion, while British media remained in the dark.

"If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", Trump said.

"When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families", he continued.

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham tweeted: "Complained to acting US Ambassador about leaks out of USA and was assured they would stop".

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Soon after the NYT statement, US President Donald Trump condemned the "deeply troubling" leaks. "They haven't. Arrogant, wrong & disrespectful to GM [Greater Manchester]".

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she was "irritated" about the leak.

"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", she said.

United States channel ABC News reported that police had found a kind of bomb-making workshop in Abedi's home and he had apparently stockpiled enough chemicals to make additional bombs.

It said that the force of the blast had propelled the bomber's torso outside of the ring towards the entrance of the arena and that carefully packed, makeshift shrapnel in the bomb had penetrated metal doors.

One of the men under arrest is believed to be Ismail Abedi, 23, the brother of the bomber, Salman Abedi.

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