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Update: ISIS claims responsibility for the attack

Update: Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi likely received some ISIS training by traveling to Syria in the months before the bombing, according to information gathered in the preliminary investigation into the attack, a US official told CNN Thursday. The US believes ISIS, through this training, set the stage for him to carry out his attack. Other members of Abedi’s family are believed to have been radicalized as well, the official said.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the Manchester bombing undertaken by Salman Abedi, including the suspect’s brother, Hashem, who is suspected of having links to ISIS.

But even outside of the network after which the police are hunting, details are emerging that Abedi has been steeped for years in radical Islamic extremism…in his own home.

Fox News has produced an account of the Abedi family stretching back to their roots in Libya, where Salman’s father, Ramadan, was a member of a group now linked to Al-Qaeda.

From the fair and balanced network:

…the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s. The group had links to Al Qaeda.

Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun said the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group hail. Haroun added that Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, had returned to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The LIFG was founded in 1995, and was involved in attempts to assassinate then-Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi as well as violent clashes with Benghazi police. In 2002, a senior LIFG commander, Anas al-Libi, who also was a companion of Al Qaeda founder Usama bin Laden, was detained by U.S. forces for his role in the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people.

That piece also discusses Ramadan’s decision to immigrate toLondon, where he settledin south Manchester, where they had lived for at least a decade.

The Manchester bombing has shone a light on the evils the city has produced in the way of Islamic extremism:

We will update with more breaking news as the search for the ‘network’ that supported Abedi continues.

Originally Reported:

Police arrest several suspects for the attack in #Manchester, UK.

More about Abedi’s background here 

23-year old man, Salman Abedi has been identified as a man who was known to British authorities prior to the attack. He died in the blast. According to the BBC, it is believed he was British or from the United Kingdom.

British police say the suicide bomber was behind the attack at a pop concert in Manchester, England that killed at least 22, some of whom were children. 60 people are injured from the blast and chaos that followed.

Police said the attacker died after detonating explosives shortly after 10:33 pm (2133 GMT) at Manchester Arena, which has the capacity to hold 21,000 people. Children were among the dead, police said.

The blast occurred near the end of the concert at the large venue where Grande performed. The arena is situated atop a large rail corridor hub. Transit was halted Monday night, after the attack, and daily life in England will be disturbed for the foreseeable future.

U.S. President Donald Trump extended his condolences on Tuesday to the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people and said those behind the attack were “evil losers”.

Islamic State supporters celebrated on social media on Tuesday after a blast at a concert venue in the north of England killed at least 19 people, although the militant Islamist group has not formally claimed responsibility.

Twitter accounts affiliated to Islamic State have used hashtags referring to the blast to post celebratory messages, with some users encouraging similar attacks elsewhere.

We will have further updates as information becomes available.

No offical claims of responsibility yet. The terrorism coincide with President Trump’s visit to the Mid East, in Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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