The parents of Salman Abedi, the Manchester suicide bomber, are Libyan immigrants who came to England at least a decade ago.
Abedi, whose name is sometimes given as Salmon Abedi or Salmon Ramadan Abedi, died at the scene of the attack outside an Ariana Grande concert.
The blast killed 22 people, including children, and it wounded 59. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, although whether the terrorist group was really behind it is not yet clear.
Details are starting to trickle out about Abedi’s family.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Abedi’s Parents Were Born in Libya & Were Immigrants to England Who Wanted to Escape Muammar Gaddafi’s Regime
Abedi was born to Libyan parents who emigrated to Great Britain.
According to the UK Telegraph, “his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.”
The parents “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,” reports the Telegraph.
The Guardian called Salman Abedi “a Mancunian of Libyan descent.”
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2. Abedi Has Three Siblings
Abedi is from a family of four siblings, according to The Telegraph, which reports that he is the second eldest in the family.
There is no indication that Abedi, who was only 22-years-old, had a wife or had been married, although details were still coming in about the terrorist’s family background.
3. Authorities Searched the Home of Abedi’s Brother, Ismael
One of Abedi’s brothers has also fallen under suspicion.
The Guardian reports that officers “also searched the home of his brother Ismael in the Chorlton area of south Manchester.”
Authorities arrested a 23-year-old man “near an address where the family had previously lived, prompting speculation that Ismael Abedi had been detained,” reports the Guardian. However, authorities had not yet released the identity of the 23-year-old man, nor have they accused Abedi’s brother of any wrongdoing.
The investigation was in its early stages.
According to The Sun, “At least two other addresses linked to Abedi were also raided with more arrests expected in the next 24 hours.”
4. The Suicide Bomber Was a British National Born in England & Authorities Are Trying to See if He Was Part of a Terrorist Cell
As has been seen in other cases of terrorist attacks, Abedi was not a refugee or immigrant himself. Rather he was born in England to immigrant parents.
The Sun reports that Abedi was born in Great Britain in 1994. According to the news site, “The focus will now be on his friends, family and other ties to see if there was a sprawling terrorist network behind him.”
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack and called Abedi a “soldier” of the terrorist state. However, it’s not clear whether the Islamic State was really behind the blast.
5. Victims of the Attack Include an 8-Year-Old Girl & Ariana Grande ‘Super Fan’
Names are coming out of the victims in the attack, and the stories are heartbreaking.
They include 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was remembered for her “creative flair” and Georgina Callandar, the first victim named in the attack. Callandar was a teenage college student who was a super fan of Ariana Grande and had even tweeted her excitement at the singer before the concert.
John Atkinson, the third victim named, was remembered as a “beautiful soul.”
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