Manchester bomber's father says his son is innocent

Jon Howard
May 25, 2017

"This city is Manchester and it will rise again, and these people who carried out these attacks, whoever they may be, whatever their agenda, they will be insignificant in the city of Manchester".

United Kingdom media reported that the woman's husband is "critically ill" and her two children were also injured in the Monday night suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena shortly after the close of the Ariana Grande show.

The Manchester attack underscores terror threats on Western targets remain real, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Coats told a Senate panel Tuesday.

"The question is: Was he acting alone or was he part of a network of others who want to kill".

The bombing also left more than 60 people wounded, some with life-threatening injuries.

Two homeless men who rushed to help in the wake of the Manchester terror attack have received an outpouring of support and a promise of a place to live from those who have commended their selflessness in the face of terror.

Early Wednesday, police said three more men had been arrested "after police executed warrants in South Manchester" - the same area of the city where the suspected suicide bomber is believed to have lived.

The BBC, citing unidentified intelligence sources, reported Wednesday that officials believed Abedi had been a "mule", carrying a bomb made by someone else.

Scotland Yard said that, although there will be more armed police on the streets, both on foot and in vehicles, soldiers would take over guard duty at some buildings, under police command.

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May raised the threat level of the country to critical Tuesday, indicating another attack could happen at any time.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups. She gave this statement to ABC News: "My mum was an wonderful lady and wife to my dad Anthony, she cared so much for everybody and did anything for them she was a very elegant person and absolutely adored my son jayden and my child in expecting now".

"Just from my community I can say that on the night of this attack we had taxi drivers who gave free rides, to those people affected- children who didn't have parents around them who were anxious - they gave them free rides".

The heartless killer's younger brother Hashem Abedi was arrested in the Libyan capital of Tripoli last night, while father Ramadam has also been detained today.

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. It said the father had not been charged but was taken in for questioning.

Olivia, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was among the first of the terrorist's victims to be named. Neighbors recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much. Among investigators' areas of interest is how often Abedi traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

Before his arrest, Abedi's father said he had last spoken to his son five days ago and he sounded "normal".

He said that his son visited Libya a month-and-a-half ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia.

The British home secretary said Abedi may have recently visited Libya and Syria. He denied ties to any militant groups or suggestions of extremism. USA security officials said Abedi also had a sister named Jomana. "We go to mosques".

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