Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Manchester attack: Brother of bomber Salman Abedi 'knew of plan'

A brother of the Manchester bomber knew of his plans and has been arrested in Libya, according to the country's security forces.
Salman Abedi's father has also been arrested in capital Tripoli, counter-terror police in the North African country said.

Hashem Abedi was held on Tuesday evening and is claimed to have known about his brother's plot to detonate a nail bomb at the end of a pop concert on Monday night.

Twenty-two people were killed in the attack at Manchester Arena, following an Ariana Grande show.

A spokesman for Libya's counter-terror force said: "We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (Islamic State) with his brother.

"We have been following him for more than one month and a half. He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack."
Hashem, born in 1997, is suspected of planning to carry out an attack in Tripoli and travelled from London to the Libyan capital on April 16, the spokesman added.

There was no reason given for the arrest of Abedi's father Ramadan Abedi, who was detained outside his home in a Tripoli suburb on Wednesday afternoon.

Ramadan had earlier insisted his son Salman was innocent of Monday's suicide bombing.

He said: "We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us."

SKY     News.