Manchester Arena bomber ‘radicalised by family’s extremist views’

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Inquiry into 2017 suicide attack concludes that Salman Abedi’s parents held ‘significant responsibility’ for shaping his extreme worldview

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Salman Abedi murdered 22 people after he blew himself up inside the Manchester Arena in 2017 CREDIT: Facebook via Greater Manchester Police

The family of the Manchester Arena bomber held “significant responsibility” for his radicalisation and he likely learnt to build his deadly device in Libya, an inquiry has concluded. 

Salman Abedi, who carried out his suicide attack at the age of 22, came from a Libyan family who moved to the UK in 1993 and sought asylum on the basis they faced persecution under the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. 

Both Ramadan, his father, and Samia Tabbal, his mother, “held extremist views” which helped shape the mindsets of both Salman and Hashem, his younger brother who was jailed in 2020 for his role in the attack, the Manchester Arena inquiry found. 

Sir John Saunders, the inquiry chairman, concluded that Abedi’s descent into violent extremism was “primarily driven by noxious absences and malign presences”. 

Ramadan was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an Islamist organisation opposed to Colonel Gaddafi, and the inquiry found he was likely a member of the Martyrs Brigade, an Islamist militia reported to have links to terrorism. 


Manchester Arena bomber ‘radicalised by family’s extremist views’

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