Suicide bomber behind Manchester attack was “seeking revenge” for injustice to Muslims

Suicide bomber behind Manchester attack was “seeking revenge” for injustice to Muslims, by Jacquelin Magnay.

The suicide bomber behind the attack on Manchester Arena was “seeking revenge,” for what he regarded as injustice to Muslims, his sister Jomama has said.

Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb as the Ariana Grande concert ended on Monday night, killing 22, including children and an off duty policewoman.

Jomama told The Wall St Journal she was surprised at his action but thought he was driven by a desire to avenge the death of Muslim children.

“I think he saw children—Muslim children—dying everywhere, and wanted revenge. He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge,” she said. “Whether he got that is between him and God.”

A family friend told The Wall St Journal that in May 2016, an 18-year-old friend of Salman Abedi’s, Abdul Wahab Hafidah, a Briton of Libyan descent, died after being run down by a car and then stabbed in Manchester.

Abedi viewed the attack as a hate crime, the friend said, and grew increasingly angry about what he considered ill-treatment of Muslims in Britain. “I remember Salman at his funeral vowing revenge,” the friend said.

Meanwhile police and security services have found explosives which could have been used in follow up attacks, Britain’s Independent newspaper is reporting. One device was blown up and security sources said thee was a real possibility there wee other bombs which had not yet been found.

As British police investigate a terror network that might extend to Paris and Brussels, Libyan security forces dramatically arrested Abedi’s father and younger brother, claiming they have thwarted a planned terrorist attack in Tripoli. …

Britain’s interior minister, Amber Rudd, confirmed on Wednesday that Salman was known to intelligence services and that it was “likely” he was not working alone. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had become radicalised after a trip to Libya and probably Syria, according to information received from UK intelligence services.

“In any case, the links with Daesh are proven,” Collomb said, using another term for IS.

Countries with borders are a great solution. We can live in our own countries, with their own cultures, and the fact that someone’s else culture is incompatible is not such a problem — because we don’t live with them. But mixing up incompatible cultures, some with totalitarian beliefs, is a recipe for disaster.

hat-tip Stephen Neil