Is Manchester bomber’s family part of global terror network? Killer is linked to Paris and Brussels attackers, his Libyan rebel father is an al-Qaeda supporter and brother ‘was plotting own ISIS atrocity’
Questions have been asked about how the Manchester bomber slipped through the net as he was reported to security officials several times by people worried about extremism. Salman Abedi’s father Ramadan and his younger brother Hashem were being held after they were arrested by counter-terror police, as it emerged that Hashem was said to have known about his brother’s murderous plans for more than a month. His father was a revolutionary fighter who had publicly voiced support for an Al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria. A third relative, Abedi’s older brother Ismail, was arrested in Manchester. It is not known what his involvement, if any, was. It brings to light an extraordinary picture of the family of Abedi, who killed 22 people and injured at least 119 more when he detonated a bomb on Monday night as children were piling out of the venue having watched Ariana Grande. Pictured left, bomber Salman Abedi, centre his brother Hashem, and right, his father Ramadan.