Manchester Bomber Was Part of a ‘Network’
Investigators have been focused on determining who might have helped the bomber, Mr. Abedi, plan and execute the attack at the Manchester Arena after the Ariana Grande concert.
“It seems likely — possible — that he wasn’t doing this on his own,” Britain’s home secretary, Amber Rudd, said on Wednesday.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police said at a news conference on Wednesday, “This is a network that we are investigating.”
He did not specify whom the police were looking for, or if investigators were searching for a bomb maker.
“There’s an extensive investigation going on, and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak,” he said.
The BBC, citing unidentified intelligence sources, reported on Wednesday that officials believed Mr. Abedi had been a “mule,” carrying a bomb made by someone else.
At his news briefing on Wednesday, Chief Constable Hopkins said “it would be ill advised” to discuss such details of the investigation.
‘I Don’t Believe That It Was Him’
Mr. Abedi, born in Manchester in 1994, recently visited his parents who had moved back to Libya after decades living in Britain. His father, speaking by phone from Tripoli, the Libyan capital, said he believed his son was on his way to make a religious pilgrimage at the time of the attack.
“I don’t believe that it was him,” said the father, Ramadan Abedi, known as Abu Ismail. “His ideas and his ideology were not like that. He was born and raised in Britain. He’s a British citizen and he does not hold such ideologies.”
Abedi’s Brother Is Arrested in Libya
A powerful Islamist militia in Tripoli said Wednesday that it had arrested Salman Abedi’s 20-year-old brother, Hashem, and that it…