CBS: Manchester jihadist identified as Salman Abedi, was known to British authorities (updated)

Source: Ariana Grande concert Manchester Arena bombing suspect identified as Salman Abedi as ISIS claims responsibility – CBS News

CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.

Officials said one man was arrested Tuesday in southern Manchester in connection with the attack, and urged people to avoid the center of the city as operations continued. Police and British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear the focus of the investigation was to determine whether the bomber “was acting alone, or was part of a wider group.”

Manchester police confirmed the arrest of a 23-year-old man in the southern part of the city on Tuesday morning. They also said there was at least one controlled explosion carried out at the scene of a raid.

The suspect taken into custody on Tuesday was not identified, but police said the arrest was linked to the bombing. Witnesses said the man was smiling as he was apprehended.

The bomb was designed to kill and maim as many as possible; many of the survivors suffered shrapnel wounds and ball bearings were found at the scene.

There was security at the concert, but the bomber apparently didn’t try to get into the venue, instead blowing himself up in an entrance foyer area as concertgoers flooded out of the arena. Prime Minister May said the attacker had deliberately chosen “his time and place to cause maximum carnage” in the young crowd.

Previous report here.

More info filtering in: Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured dozens more at the Manchester Arena has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, according to US officials.

Born in Manchester in 1994, the second youngest of four children his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

His mother, Samia Tabbal, 50, and father, Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, were both born in Libya but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester where they have lived for at least ten years.

After giving birth to two sons, they had son Hashem Abedi, now 20, and daughter Jomana, 18.

Jomana, who has two Facebook profiles, attended Whalley Range High School before apparently working at Didsbury Mosque in 2013.

Although born in Manchester, she states online that she is from Tripoli and has many Libyan connections.

Abedi grew up in the Whalley Range area, just yards from the local girl’s high school, which hit the headlines in 2015 when twins and grade A pupils, Zahra and Salma Halane, who were both aspiring medical students, left their homes and moved to Isil controlled Syria.

There were unconfirmed reports in Manchester that the whole family apart from the two elder sons recently returned to Libya.

Updates below:

The 22-year-old Manchester-born attacker was heard ‘chanting Islamic prayers loudly in the street’ outside his home in the south of the city.

Lina Ahmed, 21, told MailOnline: ‘They are a Libyan family and they have been acting strangely.

‘A couple of months ago he [Salman] was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic.

‘He was saying ‘There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger’.’

Abedi’s former school friend Leon Hall told MailOnline he saw the killer last year and said he had grown a beard.

Hall said: ‘I saw him last year and he had a beard thing going on. We didn’t speak but just nodded to each other. I don’t remember seeing him with beard before.’

Hall said they grew up playing together on the street around their home.

‘He and I had a tussle many years ago when we were kids. It was over nothing, but he always had a bit of an attitude problem. I can’t say I really liked the man.’

Hall, who was sat outside his home with his sister, said Abedi was a Muslim.

Other family members at the house, who asked not to be named, confirmed that Abedi was a Muslim.

The Sun can reveal Abedi had secret jihadi training during family trips to Syria and spooks fear he was not acting alone when he carried out the atrocity that ISIS has claimed responsibility for.


French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said British investigators had told French authorities Abedi had probably travelled to Syria as well. “Today we only know what British investigators have told us – someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya, then probably to Syria, becomes radicalized and decides to carry out this attack,” Collomb told BFMTV.

Most telling: Manchester Bomber ‘Part of [Muslim] Mob Who Waged Intimidation Campaign Against Gang Rape Victim’

The mother of a schoolgirl rape victim has said Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was part of a group who waged a two-month campaign of intimidation against her daughter and family.

Salman Abedi was an associate and childhood friend of Bilal Ahmed, who was jailed with two others for a total of 29 years in 2016 for taking part in the brutal gang rape of the 16-year-old.

Convicted gang rapist Bilal Ahmed (left) and Manchester bomber Salman Abedi (right)

3 thoughts on “CBS: Manchester jihadist identified as Salman Abedi, was known to British authorities (updated)

  1. Islamic Jihad continues. The leaders of the UK are directly responsible for this and the blood of the victims are on their hands. They are purposely allowing people in to their country where a known part of them will go on to commit a Terror Act. Instead of doing everything they can to prevent it they continue to allow the situation to exist and are actually making it worse by adding to the people coming in and allowing No Go Zones and Sharia Courts to increase. In this case, Salman Abedi was already known to Authorities as someone they needed to keep their eye on due to his extreme views. Yet even with that, he was still able to get a bomb and put it on himself and kill little girls at a Concert in Manchester.
    This is the poem ” The Snake ” live in action. The West needs to wake up about Islam and what its followers have been doing since the 7th Century.

  2. Do you know 8 year old Saffie Rose Roussos?

    Saffie was among the 23+ killed by a Muslim terrorist in Manchester, England last night. Over 60 peeps were wounded as well. Many of the victims were children.

    BUT, of course you didn’t know Saffie.

    Children, like Saffie, could become victims of Muslim terrorists in our own neighborhoods if Islam and Sharia are allowed to keep coming here.

    AND, if this happened in the U S, the blood would be on the hands of those Seattle and Hawaiian judges who came up with absurd and twisted unconstitutional reasons to prevent Trump’s temporary travel ban on Muslims from certain terrorist countries.

    Remember, the ban is about preventing terrorists entering our country until we can figure out how to vet these Muslims.

    If you are happy with allowing Muslims, carrying Sharia, into our country, you’ll continue to be happy till the end.

    If you are not happy…what are you doing?

    Midnight’s not creeping, it’s at a gallop…


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