The 22-year-old suicide bomber of Manchester arena is originally from Libya. He has visited Libya recently and getting back to the UK, detonated a bomb to kill 22 people attending a concert in Manchester.
Abedi’s family fled from Libya after the prosecution by North African state’s late ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was on the way.
He is suspected to have been trained in Syria in his latest travel to Libya. As Gerard Collomb, the French Interior Minister, said in an interview, the Abedi’s travel to Syria for training and his links to ISIS has been proven so far. Abedi was also reported to be a close associate of Raphael Hostey, Manchester IS recruiter, who was killed in Syria in 2016.
The 22-year-old man had also potential ties with Abd al-Baset Azzouz, who went to Libya and “run a 200-300-strong militant network for Osama Bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.” The area of Manchester in which Abedi used to live is known as the zone of dissidents related with LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group). LIFG, which has ties with Al-Qaeda, still runs in the country.
Mohammed Saeed El-Saeit, Muslim Imam in Didsbury of Manchester, said Telegraph he knew the man and his act is not surprising for him. Known for his speeches about ISIS, El-Saeit says Abedi was filled with hate due to his speeches against ISIS:
He used to show me the face of hate and I could tell this person does not like me. It’s not a surprise to me.
Salman Abedi’s family mostly returned to Libya except for a brother who was arrested in a raid by Police forces on Tuesday. The potential ties of Ismail, Salman’s brother, with terrorist groups and his brother’s act has not been reported yet.
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