Manchester Suicide Bomber, Salman Abedi
Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, 22, may have been a part of a terror network. Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said three more people had been arrested bringing the total to five. He said, “It’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating.” Last night, in Tripoli, Abedi’s younger brother, Hashem, was arrested on suspicion of ISIS links. Another brother was arrested in Manchester. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber was known “up to a point to the intelligence services.” She confirmed that he had recently returned from Libya. The interior minister of France reported that British and French intelligence services had information that the university dropout had also traveled to Syria and had “proven” links with Islamic State.
Soldiers Placed at ‘Key Locations’
Soldiers are arriving throughout the country to assist in the Manchester situation and to provide more safety. More than 3,800 soldiers have been deployed on the streets and placed at ‘key locations.’
Abdel-Basit Haroun, a former security official in Libya, told The Associated Press that he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of the suicide bomber. He reported that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fight Group in the 1990’s. The group had links to Al Qaeda. Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun said the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement. this is the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group hail.
The LIFG was involved in attempts to assassinate then-Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi as well as violent clashes with Benghazi police. Another member of the group, Anas al-Libi, was involved in the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people. The group also was involved in riots at Abu Salim prison near Benghazi in 1996 that ended with the killing of more than 1,200 prisoners.
The father, in a telephone interview from Tripoli, denied to The Associated Press that his son is linked to any militant group or the suicide bombing that killed 22 people. He said, “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.” He continued saying that his family “aren’t the one who blow up ourselves among innocents.”