A 22-year-old man named by police as the suicide bomber behind a “horrific” terror attack that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert was born in the city where he carried out his atrocity, it has emerged.
Police named Salman Abedi, who died when he detonated a device at the Manchester Arena on Monday, as the man behind the attack.
He was of Libyan descent but born in the northern city, Press Association reported
Abedi was believed to enrolled on a business management course at Salford University two or three years ago but failed to complete his degree, a source told the news agency.
Police raided a house in Elsmore Road, Farrowfield, on Tuesday afternoon where the suspect was said to have lived until as recently as last year.
A 23-year-old man was arrested as armed police swooped on the semi-detached property.
Abedi is registered as having lived with his mother Samia Tabbal, father Ramadan Abedi and a brother, Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993.
He is thought to have a younger brother, named as Hashim Abedi, and a sister Jomana, whose Facebook profile suggests she is from Tripoli and lives in Manchester.
A childhood friend of Ismail, who asked not to be named, described Salman as “normal” and said his family were known to the Libyan community in the city.
He told the Press Association: “Ismail’s brother was kind of like a normal guy. I’ve never chilled with his brother. I know his name is Salman and I say ‘hi’ to him and talk to him.
“He was always friendly, nothing to suggest (he was violent). He was normal, to be honest.”
Officials at the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque, said the suspected bomber had “probably attended” the temple.
Fawaz Haffar, a businessman and trustee of the mosque, said he did not know Abedi or recall seeing him at the mosque.
But he said he “probably” did attend there, given his father used to perform the azan, the call for prayer before 1,000 worshippers, and his brother attended as a volunteer at the mosque until recently.
Mr Haffar stressed the mosque was what he called a moderate, modern, liberal mosque, and he is a member of an organisation liaising with police, the Independent Advisory Group.
He said: “He probably did, I have never seen him, I don’t know him, as a trustee I can only say what I have seen. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not.
came earlier to ask any of the employees whether they knew him, people said they don’t know him. There are many mosques, he may be attending another mosque. I honestly do not know.
“We make sure they preach the true Islam, the modern Islam, that preaches love to each other, peace and harmony.”
“We did not want to end up with a radical mosque like what has happened in other parts of the UK.
“So we are very very careful, we are very careful about who we employ and the imams we employ because we are always scared of radicalism.”
Some 22 people, including at least one child and a teenager, were killed in the blast.