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Manchester attack: Who was the suspect Salman Abedi? – BBC News

Police have named 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi as the person suspected of carrying out the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 1994 to a family believed to be of Libyan origin, the BBC understands.

His parents escaped to Britain as refugees from Libya.

It is thought he has at least three siblings – an elder brother who was born in London, and a younger brother and sister who were born in Manchester.

He went to local schools, was a supporter of Manchester United football team and worked in a bakery.

Abedi is thought to have recently travelled abroad.

Abedi’s family lived at more than one address in the city, including a property at Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield area that was raided by police.

Officers also carried out a search of a property in Whalley Range.

Manchester is home to one of the largest Libyan communities in the UK and neighbours have talked about the family having a Libyan flag flying in its house at certain times of the year.

BBC home editor Mark Easton said the raided area was known to have been home to a number of Islamist extremists in recent years; some with links to Syria and Libya; some alive and some dead.

Salford University confirmed Abedi had been a student there and said it was assisting police with their inquiries.

A trustee of the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque, told the Press Association it was likely Abedi had attended there.

Fawaz Haffar said Abedi’s father used to perform the call for prayer at the mosque, and one of his brothers had been a volunteer there.

Mr Haffar stressed the mosque was what he called a moderate, modern, liberal mosque, and he is a member of an organisation liaising with police, the Independent Advisory Group.

He said the priority for detectives was to establish whether Abedi was acting alone or working as part of a wider network when he set off his device after the concert by US singer Ariana Grande, killing 22 people and wounding 59 other.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation.   »»» BBC News

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We have seen the pattern before. A young man born and raised in a Western country becomes a suicide bomber with ties to, or at least sympathy with, Da’esh (ISIS). The call to jihad to which he responded was not from the real Islam practised by over a billion Muslims. It is certainly not the Islam revealed in the Qur’an. The Da’esh blasphemers and heretics have taken credit for the attack, saying it was proper strike against the “worshipers of the Cross”. Over half the people in the Manchester arena were young people under the age of 16; some were a young as 8. The real Islam does not tolerate the murder of innocent children and does not speak about Christians with hate.

“…the nearest among the Muslims in love are those those who say, “We are Christians”: because amongst them are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.” Quran 5:82

“whosoever kills a human being for any reason other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth (terrorism or fomenters of sinful strife), it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saves the life of even one person, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.” Qur’an 5:32

“Surely they that believe (Muslims), and the Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabeaans, anyone believes in God and the Last Day, and whose deeds are righteous will receive a reward from the Lord, and no fear shall be on them, nor shall they feel sorrow.” Qur’an 5:69

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