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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Manchester Bomber Reportedly Radicalized by Senior al-Qaeda Leader

The British-born suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester was probably radicalized by the family of a senior al-Qaeda leader who once lived in the city, according to a relative.

Salman Abedi, 22, who died after triggering the explosion at a crowded arena in May last year, knew the family of Anas Al Liby, who was accused by the U.S. of being one of the masterminds behind the bombing of embassies in east Africa in 1998 that killed 224 people, according to Abedi’s cousin.

Al Liby opposed the regime of Muammar Qaddafi and was believed to have claimed asylum in the UK and lived in Manchester where the Abedi family were fellow dissidents. The Abedi family came to the UK in the mid-1990s.

Read more at The National

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