Ariana Grande offers to pay for funerals of Manchester bombing victims

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

One of the first pictures released of Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, taken some years back.

He was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan birth and raised in Britain.

"We have been following him for more than one month and a half", the spokesman said. He confirmed that his other son, Ismail, had been arrested Tuesday around Manchester by British authorities in the concert attack probe.

Before his arrest, the father told the AP that his son was innocent and had been planning a trip to Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage.

Reports have now gathered pace online that the 23-year-old singer will pay for the funerals of all the fans who were slaughtered in the 20,000 capacity venue, in what was the worst terrorist attack the United Kingdom has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.

Part of that threat assessment is the fear that Abedi could have been working as part of a group of accomplices with possible links to militant groups who have the competence to plot and execute suicide bombings. Abedi grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there.

"I think it's very clear this is a network we are investigating", Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said, confirming that an off-duty police officer was among those killed in the attack. Ramadan Abedi had earlier asserted that his sons were innocent. He did not give any details on the reasons why the father was arrested.

The extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on what it called "crusaders" on its Telegram account and warned that "what comes next will be more severe on the worshippers of the cross". "I heard the news that they are suspecting he was the bomber", the elder Abedi said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, February 6, 2017.

"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources", British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Wednesday when asked about the U.S. leaks by the BBC.

"I didn't expect that to happen, never", Abedi said, adding that he thought there were "hidden hands" behind the attack.

Abedi had recently returned from Libya, according to The Financial Times yesterday, which cited a school friend as saying he left three weeks ago and returned in the last few days.

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