The world is in dissaray after ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in the UK. This has been the deadliest terror attack in the UK since 2005. This morning, police announced the terrorist responsible was dead. He was 22, and his name was Salman Abedi.
Abedi was born in Britain, but his family immigrated from Libya. He lived close to the concert venue, and detonated a bomb right out of his house. He was found dead on the scene.
The tragedy is the ages of the victims. Mostly kids and teens were in attendance at the concert. Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 26-year-old John Atkinson were among those killed.
The Daily Mail reports:
There were 59 people taken to hospital, with 60 others treated at the scene.
Traumatised witnesses have told how nuts and bolts tore into young music fans when the bomb was detonated in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena moments after a concert by the US popstar ended.
The bomber – named today as 22-year-old Salman Abedi – was known to authorities. He died at the scene and police carried out a controlled explosion at what is believed to be his home during raids around the city today.
Abedi is understood to have been born in Britain but is from a Libyan family. A school friend told MailOnline had grown a beard when he last saw him and neighbours claimed he had been ‘acting strangely’ recently.
A 23-year-old man, believed to be Abedi’s brother, was also arrested by anti-terror officers as police and security services attempt to work out if the suicide bomber was part of a cell.
Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.
Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 1994, the son of two Libyans who came to Britain to escape the Gaddafi regime, the Daily Telegraph reported.
It is understood he has three siblings, two brothers and a sister. It is understood some of his family have returned to Libya since the fall of Colonel Gaddafi.
The suicide bomber was heard chanting Islamic prayers in Arabic just weeks before the attack, a neighbour has revealed.
Lina Ahmed, 21, told MailOnline the bomber had been ‘acting strangely’ recently.
She added: ‘They were a Libyan family. A couple of months ago he [Salman] was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic. He was saying “There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger.”
She said: ‘I heard a really loud bang and went out into the street to see what was happening.
‘There was loads of police and they shouted at me and told me to get back inside.’
Another neighbour Roshanay Bukhari said: ‘They are a Libyan family. They speak Arabic together and they have Libyan flags in their garden.
‘There is a mother, a father and their son Salman. The mother used to teach my younger sister to read the Koran because it us in Arabic.
‘They dressed very traditionally, in Islamic clothes. The mother used to wear a headscarf.’