Bomber's Brother, Father Are Detained in Libya

Another brother was previously arrested in Manchester
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2017 2:20 PM CDT
Cops: Bomber's Brother Was Planning Attack in Libya
An undated handout photo shows Salman Abedi.   (AP)

Two brothers and the father of the Manchester suicide bomber are reportedly now in custody. Details were skimpy as the fast-moving investigation was unfolding, but here's what's known:

  • Bomber: Police have identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
  • Younger brother: The AP reports that Hashim Abedi was arrested by Libyan authorities in Tripoli, apparently as he was picking up cash transferred to him by Salman. "The brother was aware of all the details of the terrorist attack," says a statement by the Libyan security force. A spokesman for the Reda Force says Hashim (also spelled Hashem) was "planning to stage an attack in Tripoli," per the Washington Post.

  • Older brother: Previous reports said that another brother, Ismael, had been arrested in Manchester.
  • Father: ITV reports that Ramadan Abedi, father of the three brothers, was arrested by "masked gunmen" while giving TV interviews. He had earlier said that he thought Salman was innocent.
  • Family history: Ramadan and his wife, Samia, are from Libya, but they moved to England in the 1990s and raised their family there. (They also have a daughter.) Ramadan returned to Libya in 2008, reports Bloomberg. (It's not clear if Samia did as well.) “I was working with homeland security,” under Moammar Gadhafi, says Ramadan in expressing disbelief that his son had become a terrorist. “I know the dangers of those extremist groups, and I was raising my children to make them aware of those groups.”
  • Another arrest: CNN reports that a woman has also been arrested in connection with the attack; in total, five men and one woman are currently in custody.
(More Manchester stories.)

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