Father of Manchester bomb suspect 'was in militant group'

Ruben Ruiz
May 30, 2017

The Associated Press confirmed his name shortly before 4:30 p.m. local time, citing anonymous United States officials. "This is not us", he said from Tripoli.

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"This is the kind of information and the kind of photographs we and others have published countless times after terrorism attacks", said Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, though British authorities have not determined whether he was truly associated with them or received any assistance while building his bomb or plotting his crime.

He said he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque but "in the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all". There was nothing worrying at all until ...

He said he immediately suspected the arrest might be linked to the bombing since "somebody told me they were Libyans, or I read it somewhere".

In an interview with The Associated Press, 51-year-old Ramadan confirmed that his other son, Ismail, had been arrested Tuesday (23 May). The elder Abedi was arrested shortly after speaking to the AP, Salem said.

Police in Tripoli arrested a brother of Abedi and his father. The bomber himself died in the attack. The singer was spotted arriving in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

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"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters.

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A Downing Street representative said the government "would not comment on leaks" when British journalists asked about the USA reports in a parliamentary briefing shortly before 4 p.m. Former U.S. President Barack Obama, meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an event in Berlin, said the pair were "heartbroken", while Trump told fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders the attack was "savage" and "barbaric".

McCaul also said the evidence so far suggested that "we're not dealing with a lone wolf situation".

Manchester police made four new arrests and searched an address in the city centre.

Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where some of the casualties have been treated, and was filmed chatting with a girl lying injured on a ward.

Frustration has been expressed at every level of British government. Preliminary information gathered by authorities reveal Abedi held a small detonator in his hand.

He said, however, that even if US intelligence sources shared vital information with the media, it likely would not affect the strong intelligence sharing relationship between the USA and Britain because it helps both countries.

US intelligence officials said on Thursday they do not expect British Prime Minister Theresa May's concerns about USA officials' leaks on the Manchester suicide bombing to affect the closest intelligence partnership in the world. It was unclear whether Abedi was under surveillance as recently as the attack. It says he previously flew from Frankfurt to Britain in 2015.

US military and civilian counterparts are stationed in Britain including a contingent at the Cheltenham headquarters of the NSA's British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.

Lapan said the Homeland Security Department has shared some information about Abedi's travel with the British government, but declined to offer specifics.

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