The Manchester attacker’s father and brother knew of ‘his plans’ to launch a suicide attack at the arena, according to Libyan security officials.
22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi was responsible for the deaths of 22 people and injured more than 100 when he detonated a bomb at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night.
Speaking to NBC News, a U.S. intelligence official stated that members of Abedi’s family had warned security officials about him.
However now it appears that his father, a Libyan national who was kicked out of the country by Gadaffi, was not as genuine as he liked to suggest and he has been arrested along with Salman’s brother in Tripoli.
Ramadan Abedi, the bomber’s father, was arrested by armed men who raided his house while the bomber’s brother was arrested for plotting a ‘terrorist attack’ in the Libyan capital.
Back in the UK the terror threat has been raised from severe to critical as police and intelligence do all they can to prevent another unexpected attack.
So far five people have been arrested in the UK including one suspect in Wigan who was detained by police as he waited for a bus with a large suspicious package.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.