Salman Abedi: What We Know about Manchester Bomber

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Salman Abedi: What We Know about Manchester Bomber


Salman Abedi murdered 22 people, including seven children, when he targeted an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Here is what we know about the bomber so far:

:: He was born in Manchester in 1994, the son of Libyan parents who fled the Gaddafi regime.

:: Between 2009 and 2011 he was a pupil of Burnage Academy for Boys, then attended Manchester College, leaving in 2013. He studied business and management at Salford University but dropped out of the course.

:: He is thought to have lived at a number of addresses in the city, including one in Wilbraham Road, where police made an arrest, and Elsmore Road, where police carried out a raid on Tuesday.

:: He travelled to Libya in 2011 during school holidays to join his father Ramadan in the fight against Gaddafi, a schoolfriend told Newsnight. The Libyan leader was overthrown that year.

:: Abedi's father, who was arrested on Wednesday in Tripoli, has denied being a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a proscribed organisation, but said he supports them.

:: It had been suggested Abedi "most likely" travelled to Syria but Turkish officials reportedly said they have no record of him travelling to the war-torn country.

:: He had been reported to authorities two years ago for expressing extremist views, a member of the Manchester-based Ramadhan Foundation said. He is believed to have been banned from Didsbury Mosque after challenging an imam who gave a sermon criticising the Islamic State terror group. …

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