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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Manchester attack: Who was Salman Abedi?

Police have named 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi as the person suspected of carrying out the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.
The BBC understands that Abedi was a "mule" carrying out the attack for a larger network of collaborators, which is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police.
But what do we know about the suspected suicide bomber?
Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year's Eve 1994 to Libyan parents, who had fled that country after becoming opponents of Colonel Gaddafi's regime.
Having spent a few years in London, the family moved to Manchester where Abedi's father used to do the call to prayer at a mosque in Didsbury.
Abedi attended Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester between 2009 and 2011, before going to the Manchester College until 2013 and then Salford University in 2014.
However, he dropped out of university and worked in a bakery.
Friends remember him as a good footballer, a keen supporter of Manchester United and a user of cannabis. He had a sister and two brothers.
His mother and father are now believed to be back living in Libya. For a while he left the UK too, but he is believed to have returned in the past few days.
Abedi's family lived at more than one address in the city, including a property at Elsmore Road, in the Fallowfield area, that was raided by police on Tuesday.
Officers also searched a property in Whalley Range.
Five men have been arrested so far in the UK in connection with the attack.
One - confirmed as Abedi's 23-year-old brother Ismail - on Tuesday morning, and a further four on Wednesday: three in south Manchester and one in Wigan.
Abedi's younger brother, 20-year-old Hashem Abedi, was arrested in Tripoli on suspicion of links with the so-called Islamic State group on Tuesday evening, a spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force Rada said.
Source By BBC.COM


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