For Manchester Bombing Suspect, Libya Was Frequent Destination
For Manchester Bombing Suspect, Libya Was Frequent Destination
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25 May, 2017, 15:06
"I think it's very clear this is a network we are investigating", Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said, confirming that an off-duty police officer was among those killed in the attack.
One man who attended secondary school with Abedi at the Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester, England described the bomber as a "very jokey lad" but added that he was "very short tempered" and could lose his temper over "the littlest thing". ISIS quickly stepped forward to claim responsibility for the bombings, though police said they had not yet verified the claims. "And as I've said, it continues at a pace".
He said Salman visited Libya a month and a half ago and only returned to Manchester after winning a cheap ticket to Umrah.
The elder Abedi has been appointed administrative manager of Tripoli Central Security forces, which answers to the United Nations -backed government.
Collomb said Abedi's links with the Islamic State group were "proven".
Former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun said Wednesday he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, and that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s.
Omar Alfakhuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m.by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.
Abedi's movements inside Germany are unknown, and it is unclear whether he travelled directly to the country from the United Kingdom or from Libya, where he was previously reported to have visited. "In the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all".
Police on Tuesday raided his house, using a controlled explosion to blast down the door.
Theresa May, Britain's prime minister, chaired a meeting on Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.
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The home minister was speaking a day after the United Kingdom s terror threat level was raised to its highest of "critical", which indicates the security services believe more attacks may be imminent.
Multiple U.S. officials with knowledge of his travel say he had previously been in Libya and may also have traveled to Syria.
Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after Monday night's attack, saying 20 of them had critical injuries.
Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said 64 people were still hospitalized, many with serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support". "There's extensive investigation going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester, as we speak".
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Chelsea football club said they were cancelling their Premier League victory parade on Sunday saying it would be "inappropriate". Ariana Grande has suspended her Dangerous Woman tour in the wake of the Manchester terror attack that claimed 22 lives.
Dozens of captives' families demonstrated on Tuesday in the Nativity arena during Trump's visit to the Church of Nativity. President Trump was on a visit to Bethlehem as he led the chorus of condemnation, calling the terrorists "evil losers".
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said the bomber was thought to have been a "mule", using a device built by someone else. Another suspect was arrested Tuesday and Abedi's father confirmed to The Associated Press that was Salman's older brother Ismail.
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Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats. Police also raided and searched a property elsewhere in Manchester where Abedi's brother Ismail is thought to have lived.
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