ISIS bomber Salman Abedi returned from Libya days before concert attack, received secret terror training in Syria and was seen as ‘face of hate’ among his Manchester neighbours
British-born Abedi (left and right) had spent time in Syria before slaughtering 22 in a suicide bomb atrocity at Manchester Arena on Monday night, it has been claimed. A friend of Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent, said the attacker had returned from a three-week trip to Libya – also an ISIS hotbed – just days ago. It was also claimed last night that he had travelled by train from London to Manchester on Monday in advance of the attack. This has raised suspicions that he may have met co-conspirators or been supplied with his explosive device by an as-yet-unidentified bombmaker. French interior minister Gerard Collomb said this morning Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and had ‘proven’ links with ISIS. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the 22-year-old was known to intelligence services ‘up to a point’ and that it ‘seems likely’ he was not acting alone. Pictured: Police raid Abedi’s house in Fallowfield (inset, left) yesterday and tributes are paid to victims (inset, right).