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The 22-year old Manchester suicide bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, his parents were Libyan refugees who migrated to the UK to escape the Muammar Gaddafi regime. Abedi was born in 1994 and was second among four children of his parent, three sons and a daughter, who is 18 now. His father Ramadan Abedi is a security office. According to a CBS News report, the British authorities knew about Abedi before the attack and the police is now trying to find out if Abedi was a lone wolf terrorist or a part of some wider network.
According to Jomana’s Facebook profile, the family is from Tripoli though she was born in Manchester. She has another Facebook profile, she graduated from the Whalley Range High School and works at the Didsbury Mosque. Her Facebook profile also says that she visited Tunisia in 2010. But apart from these basic details, her both profiles available publicly don’t tell much about her family. Also, the latest Facebook post that she has dates back November 24, 2016.
The Telegraph report says that the whole family, barring two elder sons, returned to Libya. According to the report, Jomana grew up in an area which was in news in 2015 after two aspiring medical students fled Manchester to join the ISIS. Known as terror twins, the twin sisters Zahra and Salma Halane, even tried to push their whole family to join the ISIS. Their cousin, Abdullahi Ahmed Jama Farah, 20, was jailed last year for managing communications of the ISIS fighters active in Britain.
And when we see Facebook activity of Jomana, Abedi’s sister, with no posts after November 2016 and the reports that her whole family returned to Libya recently, we cannot rule out the radical influence on the family, something that would have pushed Abedi to commit this heinous act yesterday. There would be questions on this line that why the whole family moved to Libya that is intense grip of civil war and why two elder sons stayed back and one of them has been identified as the suicide bomber of yesterday’s terror attack.
The terror strike on Monday, claimed by the ISIS, was the worst terror attack in Britain since the 2005 London bombings. The attack yesterday by a suicide bomber, who has now been identified as Salman Abedi, at a concert of Ariana Grande, American actress and singer, left at least 22 people dead and around 60 injured. In the 2005 bombings, Islamic terrorists have targeted London’s transport system killing 52 people and injuring hundreds.