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British Muslim said to be responsible for Manchester attack

ISIS has officially claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bombing of a concert in Manchester through its Amaq News Agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The ISIS statement called him a "soldier" of the Caliphate.

Published: May 23, 2017, 6:20 pm

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    A Muslim, Salman Abedi, 23, has been identified as the attacker who detonated in what has been described as a nail bomb at the Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, killing himself and at least 22 people, while wounding at least 59 others, CBS News reported.

    Two US officials say the suspected bomber is believed to have travelled to Manchester from London by train, Reuters reported.

    According to Paul Joseph Watson, from Infowars, the parents of suicide bomber were Libyan refugees.

    British officials are trying to establish who knew about the attack before hand and if there was a network of people helping. Sources also said their aim would be to establish if Abedi himself had built the deadly device, or if a bomb-making mastermind was behind the blast..

    Counterterrorism squads were carrying out raids on several locations around Greater Manchester on Tuesday. A source told The Sun the attack had required expertise, “or a great deal of luck” to pull off.

    It is now feared that Abedi was just the tip of a more sinister network. “The focus will now be on his friends, family and other ties to see if there was a sprawling terrorist network behind him.” A controlled explosion has taken place at an address in Fallowfield, Manchester.

    At least two other addresses linked to Abedi were also raided with more arrests expected in the next 24 hours. Police were executing search warrants in Whalley Range, an area of Manchester that has no less than 4 mosques, FWM learned.

    Abedi was a British citizen, born in December 1995 in Manchester. He is believed to be of Libyan origin and has at least three siblings. Abedi is believed to have used an improvised explosive device, police said. Bolts and screws were found at the scene of the blast, witnesses said.

    NBC News reported too that Abedi was the bomber, but have said his name could actually be Salmon Ramadan Abedi. The news network also said sources say he is 22, not 23.

    His youngest victim was named as eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

    The number of potential terrorists being watched in the UK has grown to almost 3 500, but they are not being as strictly monitored as a year ago, The Express reported. Instead white people curiously were being watched.

    Seventy (25 per cent) of the people arrested in 2015 were white, while 91 (35 per cent) of those held last year were white. Under special police powers, people can be detained for up to nine hours, DNA samples and fingerprints taken, without the need for reasonable suspicion.

    Some 400 ISIS-trained fighters are believed to have returned from conflict-ridden Syria and Iraq, but new statistics show the number of arrests, stop and searches, and examinations of suspected terrorists at ports and airports have dropped in 2016 from 2015.

    The figures were revealed in a quarterly Home Office report on the use of police powers under the Terrorism Act of 2000, released in May.

    The Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn had previously warned that terror attacks were “part and parcel” of living in a modern city.

    Right after the Manchester attack, BBC anchor Katty Kay told viewers that Europeans must “get used to terror attacks because we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out”.

    Former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage said open borders activists and politicians who sacrifice the lives of innocents at the altar of globalism were to blame for the carnage.

    “What these politicians have done, in the space of just 15 years, may well affect the way that we live in this country for the next 100 years,” he said. “I remember, about five years ago, that I said we had a ‘fifth column’ living inside our own nation.

    “It was the first time in our history that we had people living amongst us that wanted to destroy our values, and actually even wanted to kill us, and I remember the absolute wave of condemnation that I came in for.”

    Some 55 percent of Europeans support a full stop on immigration from Muslim countries, while only 20 percent wish to maintain the status quo.

    UK census data from 2011 show that Manchester was 15.8 percent percent Muslim then, and that Islam was the fastest growing religion in the city.

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