Manchester bomber Salman Abedi's father and brothers arrested, linked to ISIS, Al Qaeda

Hashim Abedi, brother of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, on Wednesday after his arrest in Tripoli. 

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi a apparently was not the only member of his family to harbor extremist views as Libyan officials arrested the suicide bomber's father and two brothers, and uncovered what investigators called a 'plot for a new attack.'

Hashim 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, and was planning a new attack on the Libyan capital, a government spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.
The father of the bomber was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday, a Libyan security spokesman told The Associated Press. The father, Ramadan Abedi, had said another brother of the bomber, Ismail, was arrested Tuesday.
Salman's mother, Samia Tabbal, is belived to have returned to Libya, while the Facebook profile for his sister, Jomana, suggests that she still lives in Manchester. The mother was described in an article by The Guardian as a “very nice woman” who taught a friend's daughter to read the Quran.
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.
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 Abedi family had apparently become concerned about Salman’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.
His comments followed media reports that Abedi acted as a "mule" for others.

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