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Wed May 24, 2017, 04:59 PM

Younger brother of Manchester bomber was planning to stage an attack in Libya, authorities say

Source: Washington Post

Younger brother of Manchester bomber was ‘planning to stage an attack’ in Libya, authorities say

By Griff Witte, Karla Adam and Sudarsan Raghavan May 24 at 2:01 PM

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In Libya, meanwhile, an official said counterterrorism authorities have arrested at least two members of the family of the bomber, Salman Abedi, including a younger brother suspected of planning an attack in Libya’s main city, Tripoli. The bomber was a British-born citizen whose parents emigrated from Libya.

Ahmed Dagdoug, spokesman for Libya’s counterterrorism Reda Force, said Hashem Abedi was arrested Tuesday and is suspected of “planning to stage an attack in Tripoli.” Abedi’s father, Ramadan, was arrested Wednesday.

Dagdoug said Hashem was also in frequent contact with his brother Salman in Manchester and was aware of the plans to attack the concert.

It was unclear whether Abedi’s relatives were a key part of the network planning the Manchester attack, but authorities were increasingly exploring the emerging connections between Britain and Libya.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/british-prime-minister-raises-nations-threat-level-saying-another-attackmay-be-imminent/2017/05/24/dd5367e8-3fec-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

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