MANCHESTER BOMBER FAMILY OF JIHADISTS: SALMAN ABEDI’S FATHER LINK TO AL QAEDA, BROTHER PLANNING OWN MASSACRE, BEING HELD IN TRIPOLI
- Suicide bomber Salman Abedi returned to UK from Libya days before attack ‘is linked to Man in the Hat Brussels bomber’
- his father ‘was part of Al-Qaeda-linked group’
- and brother ‘knew of atrocity and was planning own massacre’
An extraordinary picture of the family of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has emerged tonight, as his father who had Al-Qaeda links and his younger brother were arrested in Tripoli.
Salman killed 22 people and injured at least 119 more when he detonated a bomb on Monday night as children were piling out of the venue having watched Ariana Grande.
The mass-murderer – who apparently had links to the ‘Man in the Hat’ Brussels bomber – had only just returned from a three-week trip to war-torn Libya before launching his horrifying attack, friends said.
That revelation came as his father, Ramadan, was arrested by masked gunmen in Tripoli this evening while recording TV interviews in the country.
Earlier he had claimed his son seemed ‘normal’ when they last spoke five days ago and insisted: ‘We don’t believe in killing innocents.’
Abedi’s younger brother Hashem has also been arrested in Tripoli, Libya, on suspicion of having links to the ISIS who claimed responsibility for Monday night’s atrocity.
He was ‘aware of all the details’ of his plans, a Libyan security force said. Hashem had been ‘under surveillance for a month and a half’ and ‘investigation teams supplied intelligence that he was planning a terrorist attack in the capital Tripoli’, the Deterrence Force said on its Facebook page.
Salman’s older brother Ismail, 23, was arrested yesterday in Chorlton, south Manchester. He is still being quizzed by police, who are probing the family’s links to a terror network.
Read more: Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi had flown back to UK just DAYS before attack after three weeks in Libya and father ‘had links to Al Qaeda’ – as he and killer’s brother are held in Tripoli