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Family Plot?: Father and brothers of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi arrested

May 24, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Family Plot?: Father and brothers of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi arrested ***UNCONFIRMED ID - DO NOT PUBLISH*** ISIS Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi

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Officials in Libya said anti-terror forces arrested the father and brothers of alleged British-born Manchester bomber Salman Abedi in Tripoli, hours after he proclaimed his son’s innocence.

In as statement to the Associated Press, Ahmed bin Salem, the spokesman for the Libyan Special Deterrent force said the terror suspect’s father, Ramadan Abedi was detained for interrogation in Tripoli on Wednesday.

“He was ‘aware of all the details’ of his plans,” Salem told the AP.

Additionally, officials also confirmed that Salman Abedi did not act alone but was supported by a network.

Ramadan Abedi (pictured) the father of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi claims his son seemed ‘normal’ when they last spoke five days ago and insists: ‘We don’t believe in killing innocents’

British counter-intelligence also launched a frantic manhunt to locate the bomb-maker who fashioned the explosive device used in Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.

Prior to his arrest, the father stated his son’s innocence and described how he had been planning a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Ramadan Abedi fled Libya in 1993 and sought asylum in Libya after authorities under Moammar Gadhafi’s government issued a warrant for his arrest.

His son died in Monday’s suicide attack after detonating a bomb as children and young people were exiting the Manchester Arena as people following an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people and wounding 66 others.

Abedi’s younger brother Hashem (pictured) has also reportedly been arrested in Tripoli, Libya, on suspicion of having links to the ISIS, which has since claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

The father of Salman Abedi (second from right was arrested along with his sons Hashem (third from left) and Ismail

In addition,  two of Salman Abedi’s brother, Hashem was arrested in Tripoli, Libya, on suspicion of having links to the ISIS, while his other sibling Ismail was arrested in England.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Salman Abedi was known “up to a point” to the British intelligence services and police.

Rudd said Wednesday the investigation remains ongoing but declined to provide further details about Abedi, whose improvised bomb killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.

In addition, British authorities said three more men were arrested in connection with Monday’s suicide bombing.

Officials said Wednesday the arrests had been made in the south of the city, where a 23-year-old suspect was also arrested a day earlier and a number of homes were searched, the Associated Press reported.

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Albedi.

Rudd says Britain’s increased official threat level will remain at “critical” as the investigation proceeds.

Meanwhile, a friend of Abedi, who is a Manchester resident of Libyan descent told investigators that in recent days, the suspected suicide bomber had returned from Libya, a known ISIS hotbed, the Daily Mail reported.

Additionally, the Interior minister of France revealed that Salman Abedi is believed to have traveled also to Syria and had “proven” links with the Islamic State group.

A Muslim woman lights a candle during a vigil in Manchester on Wednesday evening (AP Photo)

Gerard Collomb said on BFM television Wednesday that British and French intelligence have information that the British-born attacker had traveled to Syria. He did not provide further details and said it is unclear whether Abedi was part of a larger network of attackers.

Collomb, who spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May after Monday night’s attack said the two countries should continue cooperating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.

With France still under a state of emergency after a string of IS attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron is holding a special security council meeting Wednesday.

The U.K. government officials have implemented stepped-up security efforts dubbed “Operation Temperer,” which takes effect Wednesday.

Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi reportedly made trips to Syria and Libya

Soldiers will be deployed to high-profile public places like Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament, replacing armed police officers.

Officials believe this will free up police to fight the threat of further extremist action against civilian targets, amid fears that another attack may be imminent

Police are trying to determine whether Salman Abedi acted alone when he set off his explosives at the end of a pop concert at a Manchester arena.

The government British Tuesday night raised the threat to “critical”, its highest level, following an emergency Cabinet session.

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