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US undermining probe by leaking information on Manchester attack: UK Police

Picture of fragments from the bomb and a concealed backpack appeared in the media on Wed

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Police vehicles and a police officer are seen outside the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing in Manchester, northern England, Britain

Leaks from an investigation into the Manchester are undermining the probe, British police said on Thursday as the BBC reported that police had stopped sharing information with the

A spokesman for Britain's anti-terror police said in a statement that British investigators relied on with security partners around the world.

"These relationships enable to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows to defeat and protect the public at home and abroad," the spokesman said.

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

"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter investigation".

The BBC on Thursday reported that had stopped sharing information with US enforcement "because of a series of leaks thought to have come from the American intelligence community".

Contacted by AFP, Greater Manchester Police declined to comment on the BBC report.

The New York Times published on Wednesday what appeared to be police photographs showing fragments from the bomb and a backpack used to conceal it.

First Published: Thu, May 25 2017. 15:51 IST