Authorities in Libya have arrested the father and brother of the Manchester bomber. Hashem Abedi, 20, was arrested in Tripoli by security forces on suspicion of involvement with the Islamic State. Salman Abedi is the suspect who died detonating an improvised explosive device at the crowded Manchester Arena in northern England on Monday evening. His father, Ramadan Abedi, was arrested and carted off with armored vehicle escort. He had been an administrative manager of the Central Security Force in Tripoli. The arrests occurred late Wednesday afternoon.
 
Ismail Abedi, another brother of the now-dead bomber, was arrested during raids by police on Tuesday morning. The Abedi family is believed to have residences in Wales and Libya. 
 
Ramadan Abedi told Bloomberg News on Wednesday that he and his son are innocent. “We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us,” Abedi senior said. The elder Abedi was once admitted to the UK as a refugee in 1990s. His son, Salman, was born in the UK. 
 
"My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family," Abedi told Bloomberg news. He said that his son had affirmed that he opposed terrorist attacks. “I don’t understand how he’d have become involved in an attack that led to the killing of children.”
 
Police are seeking to determine whether Abedi was part of a larger network of terrorists. 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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