Europe has endured 13 terrorist attacks in the last 2 years.
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 said 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.
Sources have 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:
…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.
Eventually Ramadan made the decision to immigrate to London, where he settled in south Manchester, where they had lived for at least a decade.
The Manchester terror attack killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday May 22.
A lone suicide bomber detonated explosives among teenage fans leaving the concert at 10.33pm. LIVE UPDATES
Paris shooting: April 20 2017
A policeman was killed on the Champs Elysees in Paris in what is being treated as a terror-related attack.
ISIS have claimed responsibility for the killing, which comes just days before the French presidential election.
The gunman has been named in the media as Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old man who allegedly served 15 years in prison for three attempted murders.
The attacker was shot dead at the scene.
Stockholm attack: April 7 2017
Four people were killed and at least fifteen were injured when a man drove a truck down a busy shopping street.
Rakhmat Akilov, a failed asylum seeker from Uzbekistan, has been arrested and charged in connection with the attack.
The 39-year-old has allegedly admitted being a member of ISIS and told police investigators that he had “achieved what he set out to do”.
Westminster attack: March 22 2017
London attacker Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two men and two women and injuring many others.
The knifeman crashed his car into the railings outside Parliament, got out and ran into New Palace Yard where he stabbed a brave police officer to death.
Masood was shot dead by armed police.
Louvre knife attack: February 3 2017
A knifeman was shot while trying to attack a group of soldiers guarding the Louvre in Paris on February 3.
The attacker reportedly cried ‘Allahu Akbar’ and drew a machete on the soldiers after being told he could not enter the Louvre Carrousel shopping centre with two backpacks.
Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack was “clearly of terrorist nature” but said that no explosives were found in the bags.
Berlin Christmas market attack: December 19 2016
Attacker Anis Amri drove a lorry into a packed Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring more than 60, in Berlin.
Normandy church attack: Tuesday July 26 2016
Armed men slit the throat of a priest and took several others hostage after storming a church during mass in Normandy on Tuesday July 26.
Two armed men stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen in northern France.
The attackers slit the throat of elderly priest Father Jacques Hamel and took four other people hostage. One of hostages is fighting for his life.
Police have now shot dead the attackers. Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed that the men were soldiers of their sick cause.
Attacks in Germany: July 2016
A doctor died after being shot in a Berlin hospital on Tuesday July 26 during the fifth horror attack in Germany in just over a week.
The string of violent attacks started when an axeman hacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg on Monday July 18.
A young Iranian-German guman went on a deadly rampage in Munich on Friday July 22 after being inspired by far-right killer Anders Breivik.
Nice terror attack: July 14 2016
A terrorist in a lorry mowed down revellers who had just finished watching a firework display to mark Bastille Day in France.
The horrific rampage killed 84 people and injured hundreds of others on the promenade in the seaside town of Nice.
The attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 41-year-old Tunisian-born French citizen, was shot dead by security forces.
Brussels bombings: March 22 2016
The Brussels bombings killed 32 people and wounded more than 300 other victims in a day of terror.
There were two suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and another bombing at a Metro station in the Belgium capital.
Paris attacks: November 13 2015
A series of terrifying attacks in Paris killed 130 victims and injured hundreds of others. It was the most deadly assault on French soil since World War II.
A suicide bombing at the Stade de France stadium were followed by more explosions and shootings at popular bars and restaurants in Paris.
Three gunmen also opened fire at Bataclan concert hall and killed spectators who were watching the Eagles of Death Metal perform.
Charlie Hebdo attack: January 7 2015
Two masked gunmen carried out a bloody terror attack on the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi killed 12 people during the lunchtime massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices in the French capital.
A policewoman was killed a day later. On January 9, another terrorist killed four hostages at a Jewish supermarket.