MANCHESTER – British authorities have identified, Salman Abedi, a student drop out turned suicide bomber who wrecked havoc in Manchester arena on Monday night.
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He was named by police and Prime Minister Theresa May a day after the deadly attack that stirred panic across the kingdom leaving people in despair.
The 22-years-old Abedi who killed the same amount of Britishers was born to a Libyan family in Britain’s third biggest city, Manchester according to media reports.
Abedi was the second youngest of four children. His parents were Libyan refugees who came to the United Kingdom to escape the Muammar Gaddafi regime of Libya.
Abedi who used an improvised explosive device, apparently packed with metal, to massacre concertgoers started studying business and management at Salford University in Manchester in 2014 but he dropped out after two years and did not complete his degree.
Sources close to the Libyan-British boy expressed that he did not use accommodation of the university and never was a troublemaker at the campus.
It is understood Abedi never met with the university’s resident imam but the British authorities are in a bid to unearth terror network if any to thwart terrorism in the country.
He grew up in the Whalley Range area and worshipped at a suburban mosque but Libyan community of Manchester did not believe he could be behind the deadly blast.
One senior figure from the mosque, Mohammed Saeed, told The Guardian that when he once gave a sermon denouncing terror, Abedi stared him down. “Salman showed me a face of hate after that sermon,” Mohammed Saeed said of the 2015 encounter.
“He was such a quiet boy, always very respectful towards me. “His brother Ismael is outgoing, but Salman was very quiet. He is such an unlikely person to have done this.” said a member of the community.
Another report by The Times newspaper suggested that the boy had returned from Libya recently, however, the exact date of his arrival is still under the wraps.
Meanwhile, the British authorities have beefed up security across the country with soldiers deployment at key sites to take over guard duties.
‘While the sight of a member of the armed forces outside concert venues and sporting events may be jarring, in every case the soldiers will be under the command of police officers’, the Prime Minister said.