Manchester Attack: Suicide Bomber's Brother and Father Arrested in Libya
The father and the younger brother suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people in Manchester, have been arrested in Tripoli on suspicion of links with Islamic State, a spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force says.
The brother of Salman, Hashem Abedi, was arrested on Tuesday evening (local time), spokesman Ahmed Bin Salem told Reuters.
He had been in touch with his brother Bin Salem said, and had travelled from Libya to Britain last month.
"We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (Islamic State) with his brother. We have been following him for more than one month and a half," Bin Salem said.
"He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack."
Abedi's other brother was reportedly arrested on Tuesday in connection to the attack.
Five men in total have been arrested in or near the Manchester area in connection to the attack, with one, who was arrested overnight, carrying a "suspicious package" which police are investigating.
British police said they believe a "network" orchestrated the bombing, and deployed soldiers across parts of London to guard key sites under a maximum terror alert overnight.
"It's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins told reporters.
Investigators continue trying to piece together the last movements of Salman Abedi, a Manchester-born university dropout whose parents had reportedly fled the now fallen regime of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/05/24/18/05/uk-bomber-likely-didn-t-act-alone#YZZ9zSfflPaA4Y5B.99