Manchester bomber's father says he did not expect attack

  • Manchester bomber's father says he did not expect attack

Manchester bomber's father says he did not expect attack

"We were able to calm the young people in the neighbourhoods who felt they were Muslims", he said.

Police in Manchester say they have arrested three more men in connection with the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people.

The suspected attacker, Abedi, has not yet been formally identified by the coroner, Manchester police said.

Those that studied the switch said the circuit board could either have been used as a time or intended as a failsafe following an accomplice to trigger the bomb if Abedi didn't.

Authorities have said the 22-year-old bomber, British-born Salman Abedi, was part of a network and had recently returned from Libya, where his parents were born.

It is not clear from the law enforcement images if the object was a simple plunger switch, or included a timer or a receiver that could be operated remotely via radio signal, or some combination, or something else. The friend did not describe the nature of the father's concerns.

Abedi's relative said the suspected bomber was pained by the killing of Abdel-Wahab Hafidah, an 18-year-old who news reports say was chased by a group of men, run over and stabbed in the neck in Manchester in May 2016. Have they, like Abedi, escaped serious scrutiny?

Abedi, a college dropout who had grown up in the Manchester area, was known to security services because of his radical views.

The suspicion of a second bomb came after crews on Thursday uncovered a bomb-making workshop at Salman Abedi's home, where they found used and unused containers of chemicals, according to local media.

Earlier yesterday, Ramadan Abedi insisted that his son Salman was innocent during an interview with the Associated Press.

"I continue to urge the public to be vigilant, to remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activity to the police".

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

The Abedi family, however, is close to the family of al-Qaida veteran Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched by USA special forces off a Tripoli street in 2013, then died in US custody in 2015.

Meanwhile, in Tripoli, another one of Abedi's brothers and his father, Ramadan, have both been detained by Rada, Libya's Special Deterrence Force.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland was also named as one of the fatalities, Lancashire County Council confirmed. "There's a network - a cell of ISIS-inspired terrorists", said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. "Abedi appears not intelligent enough to have built this bomb himself".

British authorities are now furious that the photos, shared with American counterterrorism officials, have leaked out - originally in the United States.

Investigators are also still trying to determine whether Abedi received support from family members.

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.

The two brothers were close, and Dagdoug said that Salman placed a call to Hashem, as well as their mother, 30 minutes before carrying out the attack.

Two brothers of the bomber were arrested in the hours immediately following the suicide attack on the concert. Trump, in Brussels, ignored two questions from journalists on whether Britain can trust the US with sensitive information.

"Once again, we try to make sense of a senseless act of violence", wrote Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO, in a memo to his staff on May 23. He also denied his son had spent time in Syria or fought with the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the concert bombing.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership gave the higher figure on Wednesday.

Any additional security is likely to create additional costs, a fact that seems insignificant in the wake of this tragedy but could weigh on the minds of venue owners, particularly independent ones, as months pass.

That investigation is focused on Salman Abedi's possible co-conspirators.

At the mosque that Abedi attended in Manchester, director of trustees Mohammed el-Khayat told worshippers that police would be told if anyone shows signs of having been radicalized.