Manchester bombing: Eight arrested over terrorist attack
- Author: Sidney Guerrero May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 2:02
A family friend said that the bomber, whose father and two brothers have been arrested in the days after the attack, was also outraged at the death of his friend, which he viewed as a hate crime.
But the friend said Salman and his brother Hashem had changed after another youth - an 18-year-old Manchester resident also of Libyan descent - was killed in the northern British city a year ago.
A spokesman for the Deterrence Force, which acts as Libya's Government of National Accord's police, said the brother was aware of Abedi's plan and the siblings were both members of the Islamic State jihadist group. He denied that his son had ever been to Syria.
Abdul Wahab Hafidah was run over and stabbed in Manchester in May 2016 in what is believed to have been a gangland killing.
Ramadan Abedi, who was detained by a Tripoli counter-terrorism force during the interview, said his son Salman had told his family that he was heading on pilgrimage to Mecca.
The officials said the young man told authorities that he had been involved in planning the May 22 Manchester attack. There was nothing worrying at all until.
Abedi was already known to security services, U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Wednesday.
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Eight men have been arrested during the raids in Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton.
Abedi attended Burnage Academy for Boys school, Manchester, from 2009 to 2011, after which he went to the Manchester College till 2013. "That's why there are concerns that a bombmaker is still out there", said a European security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
The Abedi family, however, is close to the family of al-Qaida veteran Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched by USA special forces off a Tripoli street in 2013, then died in US custody in 2015. His father lives in Tripoli.
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"A woman has been arrested at an address in connection with the investigation", the Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday.
"It's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins told reporters.
The location of the bomber's torso, which had been propelled away from the blast, suggested a backpack bomb rather than a vest, said one explosive technician cited by the Times.
McCaul also said the evidence so far suggested that "we're not dealing with a lone wolf situation".
A man in connection with the Manchester bombing attack has been arrested, according to a police statement released on late Wednesday.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015.
Some LIFG members and supporters fled Libya in the 1990s to Britain and like Abedi settled in Manchester, home to a large Libyan community. He was one of 16 men awarded a total of 10 million pounds ($12.4 million) in compensation in 2010, when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
The sweeping investigation has caused friction between US and British security and intelligence officials.
Interior minister Amber Rudd had described the leaks as "irritating" early on Thursday, after details about bomber Salman Abedi, including his name, first appeared in US media, adding that Britain's allies were perfectly clear that it "shouldn't happen again".
"There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbour. and I realised there is something wrong here", he said. It was unclear whether Abedi was under surveillance as recently as the attack.
"Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together", it said.