Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Manchester attacker's father, younger brother arrested in Tripoli - spokesman

Security experts - who have time and time again responded with new measures as a result of specific but rare attacks around the world - say that protecting outside areas around concert or sports venues like the Manchester Arena poses many challenges.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins declined to comment on whether police had found the alleged maker of the explosive device butthe BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself.

Ramadan Abedi had earlier claimed Salman was innocent, saying: "We don't believe in killing innocents".

The suspected suicide bomber has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, the son of refugees from Libya. He said his son last visited Libya about six weeks ago and had never gone to Syria. "We have been following him for more than one month and a half", Bin Salem said. "This is not us".

A spokesman for the Libyan anti-terrorism force said Hashim Abedi had recently been in contact with his brother and knew of his plans for the attack.

After less than a year in Saudi Arabia, Abu Ismail said he fled to the United Kingdom, where he sought political asylum and lived there for 25 years.

"The challenge is to continue to integrate layers of security that will be effective against this kind of threat", said Bennet Waters, a counterterrorism expert at the Chertoff Group who used to work at the Department of Homeland Security.

The elder Abedi was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun.

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Members of his own family had even informed on him in the past, telling British authorities that he was unsafe, according to the intelligence official.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had travelled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Muamar Qadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

"Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the "Dangerous Woman" tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost", a statement from her management at Universal Music said.

"Wherever he got that, he didn't get it from this mosque", he said, adding that the imam regularly preached against radicalization.

"The joint terrorist analysis centre has concluded that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical".

A still image from a video shows people fleeing the Manchester Arena following an attack in Manchester, United Kingdom, May 22, 2017.

Omar Alfakhuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she had issued a plea to USA authorities not to leak.

They are both now in separate hospitals being treated for injuries, friends said.

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