Britain’s interior minister said on Wednesday she
believed the suicide bomber, who killed 22 people
at an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of
Manchester, had recently returned from Libya.
Asked to confirm whether Salman Abedi had
recently come back from the country, Amber
Rudd told BBC Television: “Yes, I believe that has
“When this operation is over, we will want to look
at his background and what happened, how he
became radicalised and what support he might
have been given,” she said.
Rudd said up to 3,800 military personnel would
be deployed on Britain’s streets in response to the
worst militant attack in over a decade.
In another development, British investigators told
French authorities that the suspect in the
Manchester bombing had probably traveled to
Syria, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb
said on Wednesday.
British police said on Tuesday they believed
British-born Abedi, 22, carried out the suicide
“Today we only know what British investigators
have told us, someone of British nationality, of
Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya,
then probably to Syria, becomes radicalized and
decides to carry out this attack,” Collomb told
Pressed on how he knew Abedi had been in Syria,
Collomb said this was the information that French
and British intelligence services had.
Asked if he believed Abedi had the support of a
network, Collomb said: “That is not known yet, but
perhaps. In any case, (he had) links with Daesh
(Islamic State) that are proven.”