United Kingdom police say they have hands around some Manchester attack network

Elias Hubbard
May 27, 2017

Born in Britain to a devoutly Muslim Libyan family, Abedi was an "isolated, quiet, reserved individual" according to Mohamed Fadil, a spokesman for the Libyan community in Manchester.

As previously reported, 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured dozens more shortly after Grande, 23, concluded her show at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Leaked Isis files show he lured hundreds of Isis recruits including at least 16 from Manchester.

The bomb used the same explosive as those set off in Paris and Brussels attacks, suggesting a possible link to the same terrorist network, a USA lawmaker has said.

"Until now my son is a suspect, and the authorities haven't come up with a final conclusion", Ramadan Abedi said in an interview at his home in Tripoli, insisting on his son's innocence.

"We have been following him for more than one month and a half".

Chilling CCTV has emerged that appears to show Manchester bomber Salman Abedi buying a rucksack for the terror attack.

News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo earlier said he had been held by counter-terrorism police on suspicion of links to so-called Islamic State.

- A man is arrested in Withington, a suburb of south Manchester. His father, said to be an outspoken supporter of Al Qaeda, has also been charged.

"My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family", said Ramadan Abedi, who arrived in the United Kingdom from his native Libya in the 1990s. The Briton blew himself up at a military base in Iraq in February.

Another possible link under investigation is whether Abedi had ties to Raphael Hostey, a jihadist recruiter who was killed in Syria, the officials said.

The name of the alleged bomber, Salman Abedi, was also published in US news outlets before it was officially announced by United Kingdom authorities. US and Israeli officials have not confirmed nor denied the source of the information.

"And as I've said, it continues at a pace".

"Having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world", he said. Authorities fear Abedi wasn't working alone. Customs and Border Protection has access to a broad array of air travel information through the US government's National Targeting Center.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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