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Friday, May 26

Photos Of The 22 Victims Of Manchester Bomb Attack - Salma Abedi, The Bomber

Bomber Salman Adebi phoned his nuclear scientist mother hours before his deadly attack and said 'forgive me', a Libyan anti-terror official has said. A Libyan security source revealed Abedi rang his younger brother Hashem in Libya, telling him to get their mother Samia Tabbal, 50, to call him. Details of his plea for forgiveness emerged after Tabbal was quizzed by police in Tripoli.

News sources in the US, citing intelligence officials, have said Abedi's mother was fearful her son had been radicalised and it has been claimed she alerted authorities. It has also been claimed she left her eldest son's wedding because western music was being played. The terrorist's family had informed on the 22-year-old as they feared he had become 'dangerous', a US intelligence official said.

Tabbal hated Western songs and wanted traditional drum music to be played during her son Ismail's wedding. The religious mother-of-four was told to leave the ceremony after she expressed her feelings about the music. She did not like living in Britain and had complained about the 'West', the paper reports. Meanwhile, Special Deterrent Force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem said Tabbal told interrogators her son left Libya for England only four days before the bombing and called her on the same day of the attack.

Bin Salem said: 'He was giving farewell.' Another sibling, 20-year-old brother Hashem, and Abedi's father, Ramadan, were arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday.

Speaking yesterday, Ramadan had claimed his son seemed 'normal' when they last spoke five days ago and insisted: 'We don't believe in killing innocents.'

A third relative, Abedi's older brother Ismail, was arrested in Manchester on Tuesday.

Details of the call emerged after Miss Tabbal, 50, was quizzed by police in Tripoli yesterday. She was accompanied by Abedi’s Manchester-born sister Jomana, 20, who said he acted out of ‘revenge’ for America dropping explosives on Muslim children. She told the Wall Street Journal that her brother was kind and loving, andshe failed to apologise to those he slaughtered.

‘I think he saw children – Muslim children – dying everywhere, and wanted revenge.

'He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.’

It is not known what his involvement, if any, was. He was once reported to a counter-terrorism unit after concerns were raised by members of the Muslim community.

Bin Salem said Libyan investigators think, based on what Hashem told them, 'the bomber acted alone.' He said Hashem told them that Salman learned how to make explosives on the internet and wanted to 'seek victory for the ISIS.'

Bin Salem said: 'We cannot discuss all the allegations at this point because both suspects are still under investigation.

'We had them under surveillance for a month and a half and we arrested Hashem on 23 May at 8.30pm and Ramadan on 25 May at 6pm.

'According to our investigations, Hashem is a member of ISIS and he was planning to carry out a terrorist bombing in Tripoli. 'Hashem denies having undergone any ISIS training, in either SIrte, Sabratha [two former ISIS hotbeds in Libya] or Syria.'We are sure Hashem is with ISIS, as was his brother Salman, but the father Ramadan is still under investigation at this point.'

posted from Bloggeroid

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