Manchester, England – Salman Abedi, the 22-years-old British man is given the name of terrorist after the danger explosion at Manchester Arena during the concert of an American singer Ariana Grande on May 22.
Abedi who was born in Manchester on 1994 to Libyan parents, had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training abroad, a U.S. intelligence official told NBC News on Tuesday as the United Kingdom is raising terror threat to ‘critical’.
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The U.S. intelligence officially said Abedi, whose family is of Libyan descent, was identified by a bank card found in his pocket at the scene of an explosion.The identification was confirmed with the help of facial recognition technology.
Abedi was a frequent traveller to Libya, which marks the “clear ties to al-Qaeda,” the official said, Abedi could have had connections with other groups.
Abedi’s own family member had even informed on him in the past, telling British authorities that he was dangerous.
Salman Abedi, pictured at Didsbury mosque
The official said investigators were concerned that Abedi could have been part of a terrorist cell and the ‘follow-on’ attack is possible.
Speaking Tuesday night from Downing Street, Theresa May said that while investigators were still working to find out whether Abedi acted alone, “the work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.”
Earlier, Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, warned residents of this diverse city against any comeback.
We understand that feelings are very raw right now and people are looking for answers,” he said. “We will not tolerate hate towards any parts of our community.”
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Meanwhile, we have learned that the MI5 and other British investigators were questioning Abedi’s 23-year-old brother in connection with the attack.They are trying to determine what drove Abedi to set off a bomb in Manchester Arena, which was crowded at the time with teenage girls and families – Grande’s fan base.