Police made arrests in Manchester and Tripoli on Wednesday as the investigation into a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again. Before his arrest, he told reporters his son was innocent.
The relative said Salman had travelled to Manchester from Libya four days before Monday's bombing that killed 22 people. "This is not us", the senior Abedi said. In an interview with the AP before his arrest, Ramadan Abedi said his 23-year-old son, Ismail, had been arrested Tuesday, as well.
Abedi is believed to have family members still in Libya, but so far, the U.S. has not been able to determine where they are.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Abedi "likely" had accomplices and she criticized the US government for leaking information about his identity. "We have been following him for more than one month and a half".
"We are now treating 64 individuals. of those approximately 20 are receiving critical care, that means very urgent care", he told Sky News. "We recite Quran, but not that". Ticket buyers will receive refunds, Live Nation said.More news: Trump tweets warning to Comey over leaks
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The bomber's father and brother have also been detained by counter-terrorism forces in Libya.
"My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family", added Ramadan, who arrived in the United Kingdom from his native Libya in the 1990s.
Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011. In 1993, he fled the oil-rich North African country to Saudi Arabia after he was accused of helping Islamists by tipping them off before police raids.
The group had links to Al Qaeda.
It also raises questions about what he was doing there, whom he met with and whether he received training or support. Libya has since sank into lawlessness, with rebels turning into militias and undermining successive transitional governments. She did not reveal details of whom he may have worked with.
The Toronto band headlined at Albert Hall on Tuesday night, which is a little more than two kilometres south of where the terrorist attack took place at the Manchester Arena. Now, he is the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli. "My message to the world is that there are hidden hands that want to tarnish the image of Muslims who live in the West".