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Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi's brother was found two years before the attack using ISIS propaganda


The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, Ismail Abedi, posted extremist images and Islamic State propaganda on social media prior to the attack, as the investigation into the bombing had heard

The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber posted extremist images and Islamic State propaganda on social media prior to the attack, the investigation into the bombing has heard.

Families of victims of the 2017 atrocities criticized MI5's "obsessive secrecy" towards the public investigation, as families were told that no members of the security service would be publicly scrutinized.

The Manchester Magistrate Court heard terrorists yesterday Salman Abedi's older brother Ismail posted extremist images on social media while his father was friends with an important lieutenant from bin Laden.

MI5 checked Ismail Abedi's Facebook account, now 27, in July 2015 when agents found a series of photos of him posing with guns heard the public investigation into the terrorist attack.

John Cooper, Q. C., who represented families of 12 of the 22 victims, said the report included "pictures of Ismail Abedi holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and sitting on top of an anti-aircraft gun."

He was also depicted with a machine gun.

The photos were printed with the logo of the Islamic State terrorist group, Cooper said.

Two months later, in September 2015, Ismail was arrested by border guards while entering the UK, his phone was confiscated and its contents were downloaded.

The Manchester District Court heard yesterday that terrorist Salman Abedi's older brother, Ismail (center, left with other brother Hashem), posted extremist images on social media while his father was friends with an important lieutenant of bin Laden

The Manchester District Court heard yesterday that terrorist Salman Abedi's older brother, Ismail (center, left with other brother Hashem), posted extremist images on social media while his father was friends with an important lieutenant of bin Laden

Hashem Abedi, Salman's and Ismail's younger brother who built the Manchester bomb was found to have used it.

Mr. Cooper said, "The phone appears to have been used by both Hashem and Ismail." Islamic State recruiting videos and literature were found over the phone, he added.

Attorney Pete Weatherby, Q. C., who represented seven of the families, provided details of the Abedi family's broader terrorist ties.

He said, “The Abedi family was known to the security services, and what was known about the brothers should have been analyzed in order to better know what their father and other well-known workers were involved in social activities and, in some cases, promoted in the media.

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Hashem Abedi

Hashem Abedi

Hashem Abedi

Hashem Abedi, 23, helped his suicide bomber brother Salman plan the sick attack on 22 innocent people who attended an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

He helped build the bomb that his brother exploded at the concert.

Manchester-born Abedi was in Libya when the bomb went off and was arrested and extradited to Britain.

Prior to the attack, the college dropout, who worked as a takeaway driver, asked the owner of the restaurant he worked for if he could take away the metal vegetable oil cans for scrap.

Hashem and Salman began testing homemade explosives, which they experimented with on their property on Elsmore Road in Manchester.

Hashem was sentenced to a minimum of 55 years for life after being convicted of 22 homicides.

He refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Ramandan Abedi

Ramadan Abedi

Ramadan Abedi

The father of the couple responsible for the Manchester Arena bombings is a Libyan-British citizen who was involved with the militant group Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which the US has called a terrorist organization according to the Guardian Gaddafi regime fought.

He was arrested next to Hashem in Libya but released without charge.

In Manchester, Ramadan worked as a security guard and was given the role of muezzin in Didsbury Mosque, calling out to prayer five times a day.

In 2011, Ramadan traveled back to Libya to fight a civil war, the Guardian reports.

Shortly before he was arrested in Libya in 2017, he "condemned" terrorist attacks on civilians.

He still lives in Libya and has refused to participate in the investigation.

Samia Abedi

Samia Abedi is the mother of the brothers who were involved in the Manchester Arena bombings.

Little is known about her background other than that she lived in south Manchester during Ramadan for more than a decade and that all of the couple's children were enrolled in schools in the UK.

She is known to have left the UK in 2016 despite continuing to receive tax credits, child benefits and housing benefits of around £ 550 per week, despite leaving the UK for Libya in October 2016.

She still lives in Libya and has refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Joamana Abedi

Little is known about Joamana Abedi, the sister of the couple involved in the Manchester Arena bombings.

The 21-year-old is known to live in Libya and has refused to participate in the investigation.

In 2017, after the attack, she gave an interview in which she described her brother as "kind and loving" and that she was surprised by what he was doing.

She said he may have carried out the attack because he wanted revenge for US air strikes on Syria.

Ismail Abedi

Ismail Abedi

Ismail Abedi

Ismail Abedi, the oldest of the brothers, still lives in the UK.

He previously apologized for the actions of his brothers.

In an interview with Sky News, he said he "had no idea that his brothers were going that route".

"On behalf of my family I want to apologize to the victims for all the pain Hashem and Salman have caused," he said.

On his brother's life sentence, Ismail, who has a wife and a child, added: "I'm glad this happened because I can get it all over with, get on with my life and look after my family."

He claims a legal privilege regarding the investigation.

“It is now recognized that Ramadan Abedi not only had a vicious influence on his sons, but is also identified as a suspect of the bombing.

Ramadan Abedi was affiliated with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and posted pro-Al-Qaeda material on Facebook.

"He had high-profile staff associated with al-Qaeda."

Mr Weatherby shared how Ramadan Abedi's friends reportedly included Anas al-Libi, a member of the LIFG affiliated with al-Qaeda who was alleged to be behind an attempt to assassinate Libyan President Colonel Gaddafi in the 1990s.

Al-Libi became a key lieutenant for Osama bin Laden and was accused of fueling al-Qaeda bombing of US embassies, which killed 224 people. He was eventually captured by American forces and died in custody.

Mr Weatherby said: "Ramadan Abedi posted a photo of him on Facebook, where (al-Libi) is referred to as a 'lion'." The investigation found that counterterrorism police were leaving the UK to travel to Libya with his sons. In 2011, Ramadan claimed he was taking aid to Libya, including medical care for the rebels.

"Several media reports suggest otherwise," said Weatherby.

He added that 16 other known extremists were reportedly living within 4 km of the Abedi family's home in south Manchester.

"How many of these 16 knew the Abedis and how?" Asked Mr. Weatherby.

Despite the family's Islamist ties, the investigation found no family members were referred to the terrorism prevention program.

Mr Cooper asked why Salman Abedi had managed to have "significant contact" with Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Manchester-based recruiter for the Islamic State who is currently serving an extended nine and a half year prison sentence.

The contact involved unsupervised prison visits, one of which lasted 90 minutes. Another visit in January 2017 coincided with Hashem, who arranged the purchase of sulfuric acid for the bomb.

"What exactly was security doing when this all happened?" Asked Cooper.

Other questions from the families include how the Abedi brothers were able to buy large quantities of chemicals for the bomb without setting off an alarm and why they repeatedly traveled unchallenged between Britain and war-torn Libya.

An MI5 investigation against Salman Abedi was briefly opened and closed in 2014.

One victim's family members, Lisa Lees, were “incredulous”. Salman was allowed to go to Great Britain without thorough examination.

Mr Cooper said, "The families we represent require this investigation to rigorously consult security services about their level of knowledge, not just about Salman Abedi, but those who are clearly closely related to him and what action has been taken . "

Duncan Atkinson, Q. C., who represents seven families, said Salman Abedi had achieved a "priority indicator" with MI5 by March 2017 because information was received the previous year but the process had "not moved forward".

The family's lawyer asked security officials to testify publicly.

Only one MI5 witness – a deputy general manager – is to be interviewed with the family's lawyers and chairman Sir John Saunders present.

In the final report, the Minister of the Interior is given a classified chapter on security service failures.

Mr. Weatherby said his clients had "grave concerns" about the "obsessive secrecy surrounding the security services evidence area".

He said, "The current position essentially removes the entire central issue from public scrutiny."

Mr. Cooper said, “These questions should be in an open forum, transparent and accessible to families.

"Where were the security services in all of this?" Added Weatherby, "Secrecy doesn't mean protecting national security – it does the opposite. It protects failure."

The investigation also heard attorneys 'concerns for the victims' families that the "pinching" of organizers and security companies at the fateful Ariana Grande concert may have resulted in "overwhelming" security and medical care.

Guy Gozem, Q. C., who represented three of the families, accused them of "putting profit before security."

The concert was rated "low risk" by arena bosses, despite the fact that the security threat in Britain was "serious".

The request continues.

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