May 24, 2017
Manchester bomber Salman Abedi apparently wasn’t the only member of his family to harbor extremist views as Libyan officials arrested the suicide bomber’s father and two brothers, and uncovered what investigators called a plot for a new attack.
Hashim Abedi, who was born in 1997, was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday evening by the Libyan counter-terrorism force Rada on suspicion of links to the Islamic State, and was planning a new attack on the Libyan capital, a government spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.
The father of the bomber was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday, a Libyan security spokesman told The Associated Press. The father, Ramadan Abedi, had said another brother of the bomber, Ismail, was arrested Tuesday.
Earlier Abdel-Basit Haroun, a former security official in Libya, told The Associated Press Wednesday that he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, and that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s. The group had links to Al Qaeda.
Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun said the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group hail. Haroun added that Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, had returned to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
The LIFG was founded in 1995, and was involved in attempts to assassinate then-Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi as well as violent clashes with Benghazi police.
Hillary Clinton took care of that one for you, lol.
Too bad she didn’t win – she probably could have blown up this concert for you too.
After all, Ariana is a competitor with her fave girl, Katy Perry.
tfw Katy Perry asks you to blow up an Ariana Grande concert and you’re totally down.
Pictures of Salman Abedi released.
Original article follows.
In the fallout of the Arianapocalypse, Britain has made the call to go full-France, releasing entire military batillions out onto the street.
What people need to remember though is that this is a small price to pay for the vibrant diversity that is offered by an enrichful Islamic community.
— Kate Proctor (@KateProctorES) May 24, 2017
Turning your entire country into a dystopian science fiction nightmare world in order to reap the benefits of diversity is like getting a brand-spanking new BMV with all the options in exchange for the change in your pocket and a half-eaten burrito from Taco Bell.
It’s the deal of the century.
Troops are being deployed to guard Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, and Parliament after Prime Minister Theresa May warned that another terror attack is “expected imminently.”
Meanwhile, a knifeman was arrested on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning just moments before the Queen passed by in a car on her way to an engagement at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
A picture shows the man sitting handcuffed on the ground surrounded by officers, with one holding what is believed to be a large blade that had been seized. The incident is not believed to be related to terrorism.
The government says up to 984 armed military personnel will be deployed on Britain’s streets as part of ‘Operation Temperer’, which has been launched in the wake of the terrorist attack at a pop concert in Manchester. Twenty-two people were killed, including children, and 59 were injured when Salman Adebi, 22, blew himself up at Manchester Arena on Monday night.
Foreign Secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News that “people are likely to see some military on the streets.” The deployment is intended to free up armed officers for counter-terrorism operations.
On Tuesday night, the British government raised its terrorist threat level from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’ – the highest on the scale – meaning another attack is considered imminent. It was last raised to this level after the 2007 Glasgow airport bombing.
Rudd has noted that Monday’s attack was “more sophisticated” than previous ones, and “it seems likely – possible – that he wasn’t doing this on his own.”
I don’t know that this is what an actual expert would conclude – all he did could have been done by just reading ISIS materials freely available on the internet. In the technical sense, there is no reason to believe he didn’t act alone.
In the more human sense, it is likely that he did need encouragement from others, though this also could have been found online.
On Wednesday morning, three more men were arrested in connection with the suicide bombing. Abedi’s brother, 23, was arrested on Tuesday. All four men are currently in police custody.
None of them have been charged with anything yet.
Mark Rowley, the head of national counter-terrorism policing, said in a statement that the investigation is “large scale, fast moving and making good progress.”
“I have asked for support from the military to be deployed alongside the police … This is part of an agreed and well-rehearsed plan, and military personnel will remain under the command and control of the police service,” he added.
The terrorist Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has previously admitted to supporting terrorism and said it’s just something you have to deal with, had the nerve to come out and make a statement on all of this.
The national threat level has been raised to 'critical'. Watch my statement on what this means for Londoners today. pic.twitter.com/pOqUvbqThz
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 24, 2017
The media and the French are speculating that this attacker was trained by ISIS in Syria.
I haven’t seen any proof, but this is what they’re saying. They do have a record of him having been in Libya, but the theory that he traveled from Libya to Syria and then returned through Libya is unconfirmed, and it’s not clear where they’re even getting the idea.
French Interior Minister says Manchester bomber is believed to have travelled to Syria and had "proven" links with Islamic State
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) May 24, 2017
It also appears to have been confirmed that he was of Libyan origin, born in the UK.
Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi had traveled to Libya recently and is suspected of having been trained in Syria.
Abedi had only recently returned from Libya when he detonated a suicide bomb which killed 22 people, including children, at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told television journalists that Abedi was believed to have recently been in Syria and had “proven” links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
He may have attended a training camp while there and, Collomb claimed, was known to both French and British security services.
The 22-year-old Briton is also reported to have been an associate of Manchester IS recruiter Raphael Hostey – known as Abu Qaqa al-Britani – who was killed in Syria by a drone strike in 2016.
Abedi was from a family of Libyan origin, and his parents fled the east of Libya in 1990 to escape persecution by the North African state’s late ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
He attended university in Manchester but dropped out.
According to a report by the Telegraph, the area of Manchester in which Abedi lived was home to a number of dissidents linked to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a well-known Al-Qaeda-oriented group which is still operating in the country.
Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, who left Manchester to go to Libya and run a 200-300-strong militant network for Osama Bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
It is much easier for the establishment if they are able to attach him to a “network” than if he is just some random “Briton.”
Because if it’s a “network,” then that is something they can fight against. However, if it is just some random haji, then they have to admit that every single Moslem in Europe is just a ticking timebomb that could spontaneously explode at any moment.