Salman Abedi may have worked with a Libyan terror cell to commit the Manchester bombing
Abedi, who murdered 22 and injured hundreds last week after he blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Area, held several calls with an ISIS cell in the North African country, Libyan security sources told the Telegraph.
Authorities reportedly believe 22-year-old Abedi, from Manchester, made two phone calls to numbers in Libya – where his family lives – that were not registered to his relatives.
Libyan security services reportedly investigated Abedi over fears he was being “remote controlled” by extremists in Tripoli.
22 people died and more than one hundred were injured in the attack
A source said Abedi was connected to the ISIS-affiliated Katibat al-Battar al-Libi – a group believed to have perpetrated horrific attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead.
The source told the Telegraph: “The suspicion is that these guys were also part of the plot and either knew about it beforehand or were actively encouraging Abedi to carry out the attack.”
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These guys were also part of the plot and … actively encouraged Abedi to carry out the attack
Libyan security source
The source claimed Abedi and his brother, Hashem, were “indoctrinate” at their Libyan school.
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The insider added: “They indoctrinate teenagers at this school and then the terrorist recruiters take their pick.”
Abedi, whose family is from Libya, made several trips to the country since 2011.
British security forces believe he was radicalised in Manchester, and that he worked alone in committing his atrocity.
But Nathaniel Barr, a terrorism analyst at Valens Global, said there is evidence of communications between “virtual plotters” in terror cells and perpetrators of other suicide attacks.
He said: “If you look at the communications between the attackers and the virtual plotters, you will see that there is a direct line of communication to the point where they are egging them on minutes, even seconds, before the individual carries out an attack.”
Greater Manchester Police were unable to comment on Abedi’s alleged links to the terror group.
Manchester police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the bombing
The allegations come as police in Manchester arrest a 24-year-old man in connection with the bombing.
The man, arrested in the Rusholme area, is the 17th person to be arrested in connection with the May 22 attack.
Six people have been released without charge.