The brother and father of 22-year-old Salman Abedi who is the suspect of carrying out the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester which killed 22 has been arrested in Libya. Earlier, cops have arrested four more men in connection with investigations into the bombing as the government indicated that Abedi may not have acted alone. The police arrested another man in Wigan.
“Three men have been arrested after police executed warrants in South Manchester in connection with the ongoing investigation into Monday night’s horrific attack at the Manchester Arena,” a Greater Manchester Police statement said.
The injured has also gone up to 119 from the earlier reported figures of 59 to 119.
Hashem Abedi was born in Britain and studied business management in Salford Uiversity though he did not complete it. He has been regularly visiting Libya after Gadaffi was dethroned. His connections/links with ISIS is not been investigated.
“I think it is very clear that this is a network that we are investigating,” chief constable Ian Hopkins told reporters who confirmed an off-duty police officer was among the 22 killed.
United Kingdom home secretary Amber Rudd said that Abedi was known to security services ‘up to a point’ .
“It was a devastating occasion, it was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we’ve seen before, and it seems likely — possible — that he wasn’t doing this on his own,” Rudd said.
According to Rudd, up to 3,800 troops will be deployed on the streets around Britain as part of Operation Temperer after British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered to raise the country’s terror threat level to ‘critical’ following her meet with MI5,MI6 and GCHQ leaders meet which was termed COBRA MEET.
Mohammed Saeed El-Saeiti, the imam at the Didsbury mosque where Abedi’s brother Ismail had been a Quran teacher, branded the attacker as someone filled with hate.
“Salman showed me the face of hate after my speech on ISIS,” he said.