Mosques have refused to handle the Manchester bombers body or to give him a burial
Authorities will do “everything in their power” to ensure his remains are not buried, cremated or laid to rest anywhere in the city in which he killed 22 people, sources say.
It comes just weeks after councils across the UK refused to accept the remains of Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who had requested his ashes be scattered in his home city of Glasgow.
The source told the Manchester Evening News: “Just like Ian Brady, every effort is going in to making sure that there is not a chance Abedi can be buried or cremated in Greater Manchester.”
Mosques in Greater Manchester have refused to deal with the bomber's body
The unnamed source also confirmed the attacker’s body has never been kept in the same place as his 22 victims.
Abedi's remains are currently the property of the coroner, who will ultimately make the decision on his remains.
His family are not able to receive his body as his parents and younger brother are still in Libya.
Abedi’s father Ramadan and sibling Hashem are currently in detention in Libya, where the 20-year-old is accused of having links to ISIS.
Detectives are also investigating claims that Hashem was planning to carry out a terror attack in Tripoli.
Abedi’s older brother Ismail, 24, is in police custody in Manchester.
Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people in the attack at Manchester Arena
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The revelations come just hours after counterterrorism police said the suicide bomber may have acted alone.
According to authorities, in the four days between travelling to the UK from Libya and carrying out the atrocity that killed 22 people, Abedi bought most of the components and built the bomb by himself.
While police said they could not rule out the possibility that the Libyan was part of a wider network, the investigation – which involves more than 1,000 officers – suggests it was in fact more likely that he acted alone.
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Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Our enquiries show Abedi himself made most of the purchases of the core components.
“Many of his movements and actions have been carried out alone during the four days from him landing in the country and committing this awful attack.
“It is vital that we make sure that he is not part of a wider network and we cannot rule this out yet. There remain a number of things that concern us.”