Salman Abedi, suicide bomber who killed 22 people at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester last May, was known to the UK security services, which monitored him at the time of his trip to war-ravaged Libya.
The Manchester Arena terrorist was rescued by the Royal Navy from the civil war in Libya three years before he committed the attack, British media reported.
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Even though he was being closely monitored by security services, Salman Abedi and his brother Hashem are understood to have boarded the HMS Enterprise in Tripoli in August 2014, dispatched to evacuate British nationals as the internal situation drastically deteriorated. According to the Daily Mail, his case was closed just one month before the evacuation due to mistaken identity.
“For this man to have committed such an atrocity on UK soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal,” a government source told the Daily Mail.
High-ranking security officials emphasized they didn’t think that Abedi, who was born in Manchester and had reportedly been to Libya several times after his parents moved back, had been radicalized at the time of the rescue operation, but rather became brainwashed after watching terrorism-related videos on the web.
“He was a British citizen so it was our job to safeguard him. Salman was one of many people in that mix and we absolutely had…