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Theresa May to ‘confront’ Donald Trump over leaks; UK police stop sharing attack intel with US

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will reportedly “confront” President Donald Trump about intelligence leaks to the American media about the terrorist attack Monday night in Manchester, England. May is attending the NATO summit at NATO headquarters, in Brussels. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May will “confront” President Donald Trump about intelligence leaks to the American media about the terrorist attack Monday night in Manchester, England, that left 22 dead and dozens injured, Reuters reported.

According to Reuters, British police have stopped sharing information about the suicide bombing, which took place at an Ariana Grande concert, with U.S. officials after police said leaks to the media “risked hindering their investigation.”

The leaks included forensic photographs published by the New York Times of items found at the scene, including shrapnel and remnants of a backpack and a battery. The Guardian reported that British officials “were infuriated” by the publication of the photographs.

The move is considered unusual, as the United States and the United Kingdom are staunch allies and frequently share information pertaining to threats. CNN reported that the decision to not share intel with U.S. officials “is temporary” and only impacts the Manchester investigation, “not the entirety of national intelligence.”

Reuters reported that May told reporters she plans to speak to Trump at a NATO summit on Thursday about the leaks.

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure," she said.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters that the leaks were painful for the families of the victims.

"It is absolutely understandable the distress and upset that this caused to these families that are already suffering," he said.

Police have named Salman Abedi, 22, as the suspected suicide bomber, and said they believe he was part of a "network."

The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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