Terrorist’s brother arrested: Dramatic moment armed police swoop to arrest Ismail Abedi, 23, over his sibling’s arena massacre


This is the moment anti-terror police swooped on Salman Abedi’s brother in the street and arrested him in connection with last night’s ISIS terror attack in Manchester Arena.
Footage shows officers leading the handcuffed Ismail Abedi, 23, to a police van outside a Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, south Manchester at about 10.30am this morning.
Witnesses said the IT manager was ordered to ‘get on the ground’ and that he was seen smiling as a team of officers, who had arrived in a black Mercedes, made the arrest.
It came just hours after his terrorist brother Salman Abedi, 22, slaughtered 22 people and injured another 119 after an Ariana Grande concert.
Abedi, a former business student at Salford University, grew up in the Whalley Range area of the city. He was registered as having lived with his mother Samia Tabbal, father Ramadan, a former airport security worker, and brother, Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993.

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Friends and neighbours said Abedi appeared to be a normal football-mad teenager and spent hours playing computer games on the PS4
But everything changed in 2011 when his father abruptly left his job and home to fight in Libya, leaving his family to fend for themselves, according to a local imam.

Abedi and his brothers appear to have followed in his footsteps by sharing stories of British jihadis fighting in Syria on social networks and even praying and ‘chanting’ in the street.

Photos and video show raids at Abedi’s home in Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place, and his brother Ismail’s address, near where he was arrested.
Forensic officers, carrying a manual called ‘Know Your Chemicals’, were seen exiting the younger Abedi brother’s address after the door was blown off.

Chemical experts were seen outside with specialist instruments amid fears that he could have obtained radioactive material.

It was also claimed last night that he had travelled by train from London to Manchester on Monday in advance of the attacks.

It raised suspicions that he may have met co-conspirators or been supplied with his explosive device by an as-yet-unidentified bombmaker.

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ISIS have claimed responsibility after the terrorist set off a ball bearing bomb, in the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.
Troops will now be deployed onto Britain’s streets amid fears a further terror attack ‘may be imminent’. Theresa May announced the move this evening, less than 24 hours after the bomb attack at the concert.

Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 26-year-old John Atkinson were among those killed. Of the injured, at least 12 were children.
Traumatised witnesses have told how nuts and bolts tore into young music fans when the bomb was detonated in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena moments after a concert by the US popstar ended.

Abedi, the third of four children by Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime, was known to authorities. He was born in the city and neighbours described him as an abrasive, tall and skinny Manchester United fan.
His brother, who was being questioned by police, is married to a maths teacher and worked for Park Cake Bakeries in Oldham until January. An online CV also shows Ismail Abedi was an IT engineer for Manchester Islamic Centre from 2012 until 2016.

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A school friend told MailOnline he had grown a beard when he last saw him and neighbours claimed he had been ‘acting strangely’ recently.
The police and security services are trying to establish whether Salman worked alone or was part of a wider network that helped him with the bomb.
Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.

Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 1994, the son of two Libyans who came to Britain to escape the Gaddafi regime. His father, Ramadan Abedi, is a former airport security worker and he has three siblings, two brothers, Ismail and Hashem and a sister, Jomana.

It was reported that the family have all gone back to Libya recently, leaving Ismail and Salman Abedi in the city. A neighbour revealed the suicide bomber was heard chanting Islamic prayers in Arabic just weeks before the attack.

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Lina Ahmed, 21, told MailOnline: ‘They were a Libyan family. A couple of months ago he [Salman] was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic. He was saying “There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger”.’

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: ‘They are a Libyan family. They speak Arabic together and they have Libyan flags in their garden.
‘There is a mother, a father and their son Salman. The mother used to teach my younger sister to read the Koran because it is in Arabic.

‘They dressed very traditionally, in Islamic clothes. The mother used to wear a headscarf.’

Salman and his brother Ismail worshipped at Didsbury mosque, where their father is a well-known figure.

Ramadan is thought to be in Tripoli. His wife, Samia, is understood to be in Manchester.

Some were shocked by Salman’s involvement in the terror attack. One member of Manchester’s Libyan community told the Guardian: ‘Salman? I’m astonished by this. He was such a quiet boy, always very respectful towards me.

‘His brother Ismail is outgoing, but Salman was very quiet. He is such an unlikely person to have done this.’

However others had a different recollection of the 22-year-old. Mohammed Saeed, the imam of Didsbury Mosque and Islamic Centre, said Salman Abedi had looked at him ‘with hate’ after he gave a sermon attacking ISIS and Ansar al-Sharia in Libya.

He said a friend was so concerned that he got his adult children to sit beside Salman Amedi in case he attacked the imam.

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Leon Hall, who went to school with Abedi, told MailOnline he saw the killer last year and said he had grown a beard. He also said the jihadist was a keen Manchester United fan.

Mr Hall said: ‘I saw him last year and he had a beard thing going on. We didn’t speak but just nodded to each other. I don’t remember seeing him with beard before.
‘He always had a bit of an attitude problem. I can’t say I really liked the man.’
Mr Hall said Abedi lived in a housing association owned home about two miles from the scene of Monday night’s terror attack.

Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said this afternoon: ‘I can confirm that the man suspected of carrying out last night’s atrocity has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. However, he has not yet been formally identified and I wouldn’t wish, therefore, to comment further.

He added: ‘The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.’

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