Manchester Arena suicide bombing

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Salman Abedi

LIFG base in Manchester

  • The teenage Libyan rebel from Manchester - Jane Deith, Channel 4, June 11, 2011
    There are thousands of Libyans in Manchester who hate the Gaddafi regime. The city is home to Britain’s largest Libyan community. Almost every elder you meet fled Libya in the last 20 years, warned that they would be arrested or killed if they stayed, simply for calling for change.
  • Father of Manchester Arena suicide bomber 'was a member of al-Qaeda linked militant group' - Roland Oliphant, - The Telegraph, May 24, 2017
  • 'Sorted' by MI5: How UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi - Middle East Eye, May 25, 2017
    Fighters say government operated 'open door' policy allowing them to join rebels, as authorities investigate background of Manchester bomber
  • Rebels 'went to Libya with MI5 blessing' amid Abedi probe - Daily Mail, May 25, 2017
    Those who travelled to Libya to fight alongside Islamic rebel groups have described how, even though they were subject to counter-terror orders banning them from leaving their homes because they posed a security threat, they were allowed to travel to the hostile warzone. When they returned to the UK, having spent months alongside groups thought by British intelligence to have links with Al-Qaeda, rebels were said to have been allowed back into the country without hesitation.
    Libyan officials have backed up the claims, saying the British government were 'fully aware' of young men being sent to fight, turning the North African country into an 'exporter of terror'.