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Salman Ramadan Abedi: Muslim Suicide Bomber Kills 22 Wounds Over 59 After Concert At Manchester Arena

Savage Killer Was Son Of Muslim Refugees From Libya
May 23, 2017


  1. Police say 22 people are confirmed dead in suicide attack at Manchester Arena
  2. Children are among those killed, among them an eight-year-old girl
  3. Another 59 were injured
  4. An emergency number, 0800 096 0095, has been set up
  5. Relatives have been using social media to hunt for missing loved ones
  6. PM May says police believe they know the attacker's identity but won't reveal it for now
  7. A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident


MIM: Over 120 people were injured in the attack.


MIM updates: 5/24/17- Abedi's brother Ismail was arrested in London,his younger brother Hashem was detained in Libya as well as his father Ramadan. Hashem was believed to have been planning to stage an attack in Libya.

"Terrorist's brother arrested: Dramatic moment armed police swoop to arrest Ismail Abedi, 23, over his sibling's arena massacre ", Mailonline, May 24, 2017:"...His brother, who was being questioned by police, is married to a maths teacher and worked for Park Cake Bakeries in Oldham until January. An online CV also shows Ismail Abedi was an IT engineer for Manchester Islamic Centre from 2012 until 2016..."

"Salman Abedi's younger brother arrested in Libya over alleged Isis links," ,Independent, May 24, 2017:"We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (Isis) with his brother," Mr Bin Salem said. We have been following him for more than one month and a half."..."He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack."...The Abedi parents are living in Libya and have reportedly denied their son's involvement in the attack….

"...The father of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was detained by unknown security personnel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday, it has been reported.,,," (For extensive documentation and pictures see) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/24/manchester-attack-latest-detectives-hunt-terror-network/#update-20170524-1849

MIM update: 5/25/17

Manchester Terrorist Asked His Mother For Forgiveness

The terrorist who blew himself up Monday after a concert in Manchester, phoned his mother and brother in Libya 15 minutes before he struck. He asked his mother for forgiveness in the call, Libyan authorities told the BBC Program Newsnight.

'Terrorist Manchester vroeg zijn moeder om vergeving'

De terrorist die zich maandag na een concert in Manchester opblies, heeft een kwartier voordat hij toesloeg met zijn moeder en broer in Libi๋ gebeld. Daarbij heeft hij zijn moeder om vergeving gevraagd, zeggen Libische autoriteiten tegen het BBC-programma Newsnight.



MIM: As usual the Muslim community in Manchester and its leaders are reacting according to the Muslim victimhood playbook and obscenely claiming to be the real victims of the Manchester Massacre (whose victims were mostly girls and women) whining about a non existent "backlash".

"But I pray and tell those who want to take revenge against Muslims that Muslims are equally victims of this act. ... Mohamed Abdul Malek, an imam and trustee of the MYF, says the aftermath of such attacks is a time marked by fear..."I think with past experience, that fear is there in our [community], especially among women,..." "https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/05/newsweek-muslims-in-manchester-fear-reprisals-after-jihad-massacre

MIM: Muslims of the "Libyan" Didsbury Mosque also perversely claim (according to the playbook) that they are "really really shocked" that their place of worship was mentioned in the media in connection with Salman Ramadan Abedi and feign amnesia regarding having any recollection of him.

"...Media reports suggest Abedi's father and brother had attended nearby Didsbury Central Mosque, and were active members of the community. Basem Khalil, one of the mosque's trustees, told The Independent: "Since we saw our name mentioned we've been really really shocked...Mosque leaders said Salman was completely unknown to them. Mr Haffar said: "I've asked our employees and nobody has seen him or knows him".http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-arena-salman-abedi-attacker-named-identity-suicide-bomber-details-a7751791.html

MIM: Excerpt from article " Salman Abedi Named As Manchester Suicide Bomber - What We Know"

"...The suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured dozens more at the Manchester Arena has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, according to US officials.

Born in Manchester in 1994, the second youngest of four children his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

His mother, Samia Tabbal, 50, and father, Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, were both born in Libya but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester where they have lived for at least ten years.

After giving birth to two sons, they had son Hashem Abedi, now 20, and daughter Jomana, 18.

Jomana, who has two Facebook profiles, attended Whalley Range High School before apparently working at Didsbury Mosque in 2013.

Although born in Manchester, she states online that she is from Tripoli and has many Libyan connections.

Abedi grew up in the Whalley Range area, just yards from the local girl's high school, which hit the headlines in 2015 when twins and grade A pupils, Zahra and Salma Halane, who were both aspiring medical students, left their homes and moved to Isil controlled Syria.

There were unconfirmed reports in Manchester that the whole family apart from the two elder sons recently returned to Libya..."



Manchester attack: What we know so far

"....Local reports said Abedi was the child of Libyan refugees who moved to the UK to flee Muammar Gaddafi's regime, and was one of four children.

He was said to have been known to police and the intelligence services.

Media reports suggest Abedi's father and brother had attended nearby Didsbury Central Mosque, and were active members of the community.

Basem Khalil, one of the mosque's trustees, told The Independent: "Since we saw our name mentioned we've been really really shocked."

Another, Fawzi Haffar, added: "This mosque has always been known as a very moderate mosque. We have many Libyans here but the sermons are extremely moderate, we are very liberal...the preaching and the way we teach Islam is the correct Islam, in our opinion. We have no hardcores as far as I know. We always make sure we are very mainstream."

Salman Abedi's father, Abu Ismael, attended the mosque and sometimes made the communal call to prayer, but is understood to have moved back to Libya, where he comes from, around four years ago along with the rest of the family.

Salman and his brother, Ismael, are said to have remained in the UK but travelled back and forth to Libya, according to one person who knows the family.

Didsbury Central Mosque has a large Libyan community and two of its three imams are Libyan. Leaders said many of its members came to the UK to flee violence and persecution under Gaddafi, but a number have since moved back.

Abu Ismael had three sons: Salman, Ismael and a third whose name is unknown. He also has a daughter who is believed to be 18 and currently in Libya.

Mosque leaders said Salman was completely unknown to them. Mr Haffar said: "I've asked our employees and nobody has seen him or knows him".

A source who knows the Abedis claimed Salman had attended a different mosque to his family. Ismael, however, is understood to have undertaken voluntary work at Didsbury in recent months - believed to be at the mosque's religion school.

Police blew open a door to access Salman Abedi's home in Elsmore Fallowfield, and carried out a separate raid in Whalley Range on Tuesday..."



The Next Steps For Police And M15

By Dominic Casiani

The UK has not seen a bomb attack like the Manchester outrage since 2005 for three simple reasons:

  1. It takes some expertise, which is difficult to come by without help.
  2. It requires a lot of planning and preparation, both of which increase the chances that MI5 and other agencies will discover what is going on.
  3. Individuals who are sufficiently organised to put the first two together and determined enough to see the plan through to its awful conclusion are very rare.

For more than a decade, the BBC Home Affairs Unit has monitored every single terrorist incident, attempted or failed, that has made it into the public domain.

Quite simply, most of the people we have seen dragged through the courts are not capable of this kind of incident.

Many aspire to "martyrdom" and talk about building bombs.

But they are either, to be frank, too stupid and disorganised to turn their fantasies into reality or, alternatively, they get caught because they don't know how to cover their tracks.

Most jihadists discount a bomb attack at the early stages: they realise that it's too difficult to pull off.

They might accidentally kill themselves while making the device.

Their purchasing patterns might raise suspicions in a local pharmacy or, online, prompt GCHQ to have a closer look at their digital life.

They may turn to someone else for help who, unbeknown to both, is already on the MI5 radar.

And so, as the 2013 killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby showed - four years to the day before the Manchester attack - most aspiring attackers opt for a different course.

Vehicles and knives became the weapons of choice.

We saw it in 2014 when a London man planned a knife attack to coincide with the annual act of remembrance.

We saw it again with the Khalid Masood Westminster attack

But while knives and vehicles - and to a lesser extent guns - have featured in recent terrorism plots, there are people who still want to build bombs to attack crowded places.

Just recently, the younger brother of the man in the Remembrance Sunday incident pleaded guilty to trying to find bomb-making help - and one of his potential targets was an Elton John concert.

So the big question for investigators is given that bomb-making requires expertise, how did the attacker get hold of such a device?

There are three possible sources:

  • He was taught how to make it
  • He taught himself
  • He was provided with the device by someone else

Sophisticated devices

If he was taught, this could point to someone who has returned from so-called Islamic State territory in Syria and Iraq.

The militants have constructed devices involving the type of DIY shrapnel of metal nuts that has been reported from the scene at the Manchester Arena.

Al-Qaeda and its offshoots have deployed those devices too.

It is less likely that it is someone recently returned from an al-Qaeda camp in Pakistan or Afghanistan as that's a harder journey to make - but don't rule it out.

Either way, these are sophisticated devices, particularly if made to a well-known recipe that is circulated among extremists.

It takes engineering skill.

If he taught himself, then how did he go about it?

Such an outcome would demonstrate how difficult it is to learn about a threat if the individual is acting entirely alone and taking exceptionally well planned precautions to avoid surveillance.

It's not hard to find bomb-making plans online - don't go looking, it's an offence to possess this information - but many of them are useless.

So, again, the attacker would have spent a long time thinking and planning this - and that reduces the likelihood that he was acting entirely alone.

The third scenario is the worst-possible because it would point to an active bomb-making technician on the loose in the UK.

Someone who is completely beneath the security services radar.

Someone who has found ways of reaching out to potential recruits without compromising themselves.

Someone who could strike again.

Vital intelligence

So, this is very much a manhunt - even though nobody may know for sure at this stage who, if anyone, they are actually hunting.

The police believe they know the identity of the attacker - this is a very early breakthrough. It took days back in 2005 for the police to be sure who carried out the London attacks.

Right now inside Thames House, the home of MI5, and its regional units, a large post-incident operation will be under way. Officers, supported by GCHQ and where necessary counterparts in foreign agencies, will be examining any piece of intelligence to build a picture of the attacker and those around him.

The North West Counter Terrorism Unit, a joint team of MI5 and police officers, will be looking at anything they can glean from the attacker's own devices. Search teams will identify addresses to search.

Experts from the national Forensic Explosives Laboratory in Kent will begin the astonishingly difficult work of recovering the remains of the device so they can reconstruct it. These scientists have performed this task on every bomb recovered in modern times.

What they find may, in time, yield vital intelligence - such as the origins of the bomb recipe or its technical construction.

Those details will in turn create new leads - perhaps linking the attacker to a specific group.

It may take months for the full picture to emerge.

But first things first: the police will be racing to work out if this was a lone wolf or part of a cell that's still out there.



MIM: ISIS claimed responsibility For Manchester massacre in a statement.

Britain 27 Sha'ban 1438

With Allah's grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in the British city of Manchester, in revenge for Allah's religion, in an endeavor to terrorize the mushrikin [those who worship others besides Allah], and in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims. The explosive devices were detonated in the shameless concert arena, resulting in 30 Crusaders being killed and 70 others being wounded. And what comes next will be more severe on the worshipers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah's permission. And all praiseis [sic] due to Allah, Lord of the creation.

"Crusaders." Most of the people at that Ariana Grande concert probably had no idea what a Crusader was. Those who did were sure that they were racist bigots who carried out acts of imperialist aggression against peaceful Muslims. "Crusaders." This is not a war between jihadis and Crusaders. This is a war between jihadis and ignorant, complacent sitting ducks who have been willfully and criminally misled by the political and media elites.



Manchester bomber Salman Abedi's family had Al Qaeda, ISIS ties, officials say

(Fox News) – Manchester bomber Salman Abedi apparently wasn't the only member of his family to harbor extremist views as a Libyan officilas arrested both the the suicide bomber's younger brother and father between late Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Hashem Abedi, who was born in 1997, was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday evening by the Libyan counter-terrorism force Rada on suspicion of links to the Islamic State, a Libyan spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

A Libyan security spokesman told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the father of the Manchester bomber has also been arrested in Tripoli.

Earlier Abdel-Basit Haroun, a former security official in Libya, told The Associated Press Wednesday that he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, and that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s. The group had links to Al Qaeda.

Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun said the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group hail. Haroun added that Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, had returned to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The LIFG was founded in 1995, and was involved in attempts to assassinate then-Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi as well as violent clashes with Benghazi police. In 2002, a senior LIFG commander, Anas al-Libi, who also was a companion of Al Qaeda founder Usama bin Laden, was detained by U.S. forces for his role in the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people.

The group also was involved in the bloody riots at Abu Salim prison near Benghazi in 1996 that killed more than 1,200 prisoners.

The LIFG reportedly teamed up with the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group in planning the May 2003 bombings in Casablanca, Morocco, that killed more than 40 people and injured more than 100. The group also has been linked to the 2004 attacks in Madrid that killed 194 people.

Ramadan Abedi – along with his wife Samia Tabbal — fled Tripoli in 1993 after Qaddafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant and eventually sought political asylum in Britain. The elder Abedi first immigrated to London before settling in the Whalley Range area of south Manchester, where they had lived for at least a decade.

The neighborhood is known to be home to a number of former LIFG members living in exile, including Abd al-Baset Azzouz – an expert bomb-maker who left Manchester to run a terrorist network in eastern Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Usama bin Laden's successor as leader of Al Qaeda. Media in the United Kingdom reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control.

In a telephone interview from Tripoli, Ramadan Abedi — who is now the administrative manager of the Central Security force in the Libyan capital — denied to The Associated Press that his son is linked to any militant group or the suicide bombing that killed 22 people.

The father of the alleged terrorist said that his family "aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents."

"We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us," he said.

Abedi added that he spoke to his son five days ago and he was getting ready to travel from Saudi Arabia to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with family and sounded "normal." He said that his son visited Libya a month-and-a -half ago.

The father also confirmed that his other son, Ismail, was arrested in England on Tuesday morning.

The Abedi family had apparently become concerned about Salma's growing radicalization and a friend close to the family told The New York Times that his parents had seized the suspected bomber's British passport. They had returned it when he said that he wanted to return to the holy Saudi city of Mecca, but instead flew back to the Manchester area.

While early reports were unclear whether the 22-year-old Abedi had acted as a lone wolf or in coordination with others, Manchester's police chief told reporters on Wednesday that it is clear "this is a network we are investigating" as he gave an update on the probe into the bomb attack.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said Wednesday that police are carrying out extensive searches across Manchester as part of their probe.

Hopkins declined to comment on whether police have found the alleged maker of the explosive device used in Monday night's attack.



MIM update 5/29/17

Cousin of Manchester bomber posted anti-Semitic messages



MIM update 5/26/17

Report: Manchester terrorist trained in Syria

Officials in the United States believe Manchester suicide bomber received some training from ISIS in Syria.

Ben Ariel, א' בסיון תשע"ז, 5/26/2017

Officials in the United States believe that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi likely received some training from Islamic State (ISIS) by traveling to Syria in the months before the attack, a U.S. official told CNN on Thursday.

The U.S. believes ISIS, through that training, set the stage for the 22-year-old to carry out his deadly attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. Other members of Abedi's family are believed to have been radicalized as well, the official said.

The bomber's father, Ramadan, and younger brother, Hashem, were arrested in Libya on Wednesday. Just before he was arrested, Ramadan Abedi denied in an interview withReuters that his son was a member of ISIS.

Salman Abedi had been known to intelligence services and had recently spent three weeks in Libya, noted CNN.

British police is known to be investigating whether he was a member of a terrorist cell that planned further attacks. At least seven suspects have been arrested in the probe so far.

On Thursday, a large cordon was set up for a time around a location in Wigan, where an arrest was made a day earlier, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement quoted byCNN.

A raid and search have been ongoing due to the discovery of "potentially suspicious items" and evacuations took place as a "matter of precaution."



Timeline of Islamist terror attacks against the West 382 Killed in last 29 Months.

Latest attack occurred just after Trump tells Muslim nations, "Drive [terrorists] out of this earth!"

Hillel Fendel, כ"ז באייר תשע"ז, 5/23/2017

In light of last night's terrorist attack in Manchester, Great Britain – 22 dead, 59 wounded - the dangers faced by an increasingly "Islamist-radicalized" Europe and West must be emphasized.

US President Trump told leaders of dozens of Moslem nations in Saudi Arabia on Sunday that the world must engage in "honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires…. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this earth!"

Among the murderous and near-murderous attacks perpetrated by Islamists against Western and non-Islamic countries in the past 30 months are the following:

April 20, 2017: Champs Elysees, Paris – one policeman shot and killed

April 7, 2017: Stockholm – Five people killed in truck attack

April 3, 2017: Saint Petersburg – 14 killed in suicide train bombing

March 22, 2017: Westminster Bridge – Four killed, including a policeman

December 19, 2016: Germany Christmas Market – 12 killed in truck attack

November 28, 2016: Ohio State –car rammed into a group of students, 13 wounded

October 16, 2016: Hamburg, Germany – knife attack, one killed

July 26, 2016: Normandy, France – elderly priest killed in a church hostage situation

July 14, 2016: Nice, France - 77 killed when a truck drove through a crowd on Bastille Day.

June 12, 2016: Orlando Nightclub Shooting – 50 killed, ISIS claimed responsibility

March 22, 2016: Belgium – twin attacks in airport and on subway, 32 killed

January 11, 2016: Marseille, France – Jewish teacher was attacked with machete "in the name of ISIS"

January 7, 2016: Philadelphia - police officer was shot "in the name of Islam and ISIS"

December 2, 2015: San Bernardino – 14 killed in shooting attack

November 13, 2015: Paris – series of attacks killed 130.

February 15, 2015: Copenhagen, Denmark - two killed, five policemen wounded


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