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Manchester blast: PM Theresa May confirms suspected suicide bomber

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Source: Indianexpress

According to the British police, the suspected suicide bomber of the tragic Manchester blast, that claimed 22 lives, has been suspected a 22-year-old Salman Abedi.

He was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin, US security officials said, citing British intelligence officials. UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that Abedi was born and brought up in Britain.

He has been living in Britain for at least 10 years, after his parents emigrated from Libya to London, before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester, where they have lived for at least 10 years, the US officials said. The police had raided a house in Elsmore Road in Fallowfield, earlier on Tuesday.

An investigation was on to find out if Abedi had travelled to Libya and had contacts with Islamic State militants there, government officials quoted. Media sources said that he had returned from Libya reportedly.

The University of Salford, in Manchester, said that Abedi was one of its students and the University was helping the police in their investigation.

A 23-year-old man, who is believed to be Abedi’s brother, was reportedly arrested by the police in south Manchester in connection with the attack. Abdalla Yousef, a spokesman for the Didsbury Mosque in Manchester, said that Abedi’s father and brother used to pray there, but Abedi worshipped at another mosque.

“I have managed to track down somebody who knows the family. He confirmed his father and sister and the rest of the family had moved to Libya and had moved there straight after the revolution after Gadaffi was killed,” Yousef said. He said it may be possible that the two brothers had travelled between Libya and Britain since then.

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