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Father and another brother of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi arrested – Dad, Rahman Abedi, says son is innocent, “We don’t believe in killing innocents”

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Father of bombing suspect tries clear son’s name even as authorities arrest two more sons on suspicions of terror related activity in different corners of the globe
Ramadan Abedi, 52,  speaking from Tripoli said: ‘We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us’.
Said his son [Salman], always professed that there was no ‘religious justification’ for violence
He spoke to his 22-year-old Salman two days prior, and he sounded ‘normal’ 
Ramadan was arrested with his third son Hesham Abedi, 20,  in Tripoli, Libya on Wednesday
Libyan security forces said Hesham was ‘aware of all the details’ of his brother’s plans
Older brother Ismail Abedi, 23, was arrested in Manchester, Monday night, shortly after the concert terror attack by his sibling with whom he shared a home
British anti-terror forces had to execute a controlled detonation of a device found in the Manchester home

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Ramadan Abedi and his third son Hesham, were taken into custody by security personnel in the Libyan capital, Tripoli on Wednesday
Bllombergnews reported that three vehicles drove up to the Abedi home Wednesday evening and several men wearing uniform, some of them masked, detained Ramadan Abedi, the alleged attacker’s father, and two other unidentified men in the street.

Ramadan Abedi said he spoke to his 22-year-old son Salman five days ago as he prepared to visit Saudi Arabia and tha.
Speaking to AP by phone from Tripoli, the one time security officer in Gaddafi’s regime protested his son’s innocence even as two more of his boys were being arrested in Manchester and Tripoli for their connections with ISIS.“My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family,” said the father, who arrived in the UK from Libya in the 1990s, Bloomberg News reported.
“As we were discussing news of similar attacks earlier, he was always against those attacks, saying there’s no religious justification for them. I don’t understand how he’d have become involved in an attack that led to the killing of children,” he said.

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Shortly before his arrest Wednesday, Ramadan Abedi fielded questions from the media from his home in Tripoli, Libya and proclaimed his son innocent

Ramadan said his son visited Libya last week and had told his mother that he planned to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
“Until now my son is a suspect, and the authorities haven’t come up with a final conclusion,” Abedi said. “Every father knows his son and his thoughts, my son does not have extremist thoughts.”
He said another son, Ismail, was busted in England on Tuesday morning.
And a younger son, Hesham, was busted in Tripoli on Wednesday on suspicion of having ties to ISIS, Reuters reported.

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 23-year-old, Ismael Abedi, the eldest of the ‘Three Terror  Brothers’  from Manchester was arrested at his  Manchester address on Monday night

Armed police in Chorlton, Manchester arrested a man believed in connection with the terror attack at the Manchester Arena last night

Anti-terror police accost Ismail and place him in custody over possible links with ISIS, Monday 

Ramadan said he served as a security officer during Moammar Gadhafi’s rule before being accused by his regime of links to extremist groups, accusations he vehemently denies. Libyan authorities said the elder Abedi fought against the regime in 2001 with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which the US designated a terrorist organization in 2004, The Guardian reported.
The US State Department said that elements of LIFG were aligned with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Ramadan fled Libya and sought asylum in the UK in 1993 but returned to Libya in 2008 and was joined by most of his family after Gadhafi’s ouster. Salman and Ismail stayed in the UK to finish their studies. He is now the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.

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Investigators found the detonator at the explosion site
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The battery was also found
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Latest reports said the alleged suicide bomber, Ramadan Abedi’s second son Salman,  appeared to have carried a powerful explosive in a metal container, which was either concealed inside a black vest or blue Karrimor backpack, according investigators.
A small handheld detonator was used to explode the bomb that is said to have contained nails, nuts and bolts to ensure maximum casualties.

 

 

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