Anti-terror authorities in Libya have said that the brother of the man who bombed the Manchester Arena on Monday evening knew the details of his brother’s plan.
The suicide bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, detonated what seemed to be a homemade explosive in the foyer of the Manchester Arena on Monday, just as the Ariana Grande concert drew to a close.
22 people, including children, were killed in the attack and more than 50 others injured.
British police and anti-terror authorities in Libya have confirmed the arrest of at least eight people in connection with the attack in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. This includes Abedi’s 18-year-old brother, Hashim.
Hashim reportedly told authorities that he was aware of his brother’s plan and that both of them are members of ISIS.
Libya’s Special Deterrence Force released a statement saying that Hashim Abedi confessed that he was aware of his brother’s plan to detonate a bomb in a public space.
However, the two brothers’ father, 51-year-old Ramadan Abedi, had a different story to tell.
The older Abedi was detained by Libyan authorities on Wednesday after he told the Associated Press that his son was innocent.
Abedi told the press that his family aren’t radicalised Muslims and that this is not the sort of thing ‘they do’:
“We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us…We aren’t the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents. We go to mosques. We recite Qur’an, but not that [sic],” he said.
British police and Libyan anti-terror authorities are working closely together to extract as much information as they can out of the eight people they have detained in connection with the attack.