The Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, showed a whole collection of red flags before committing the attack at the Monday Ariana Grande concert.
Members of Abedi’s mosque revealed that he was once so hostile toward its anti-extremist preacher than many feared he would become violent. “He was angry,” said a neighbour, “He scared some people.” Abedi reportedly showed “the face of hate,” to the preacher.
Abedi also travelled between Libya and Syria in the months prior to the attack. He returned from Libya just days prior to the attack, leading some to suspect that he acted as a mule for a bomb that had been constructed overseas, particularly as investigators have been unable to locate the bomb-making facility in the U.K.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
“It seems likely — possible — that he wasn’t doing this on his own,” U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd told reporters Wednesday. Manchester police announced Wednesday it is “very clear” that Abedi was part of a larger terrorist network. The announcement follows U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to raise the threat level of the country to critical, meaning another attack could be imminent.
Abedi’s own family members reportedly informed British authorities of him, a U.S. intelligence official told NBCNews. The official also said that Abedi had ties to the al-Qaida network and had received terrorist training abroad. His friends told UK media outlets that he had only recently returned from Libya. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and has an extensive fighter network in the country.
Abedi’s family fled Libya when he was a child, returning in 2011 after the downfall of Dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Investigators are currently questioning his brother about the bombing.