Salman Abedi, 23, has been identified as the attacker who detonated a suicide bomb at the Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, killing himself and at least 22 people, while wounding at least 59 others we can reveal. Abedi is believed to have used an improvised explosive device, police said. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.It been reported Abedi was the bomber, but It’s been said his name could actually be Salmon Ramadan Abedi
Born in Manchester in 1994, the second youngest of four children his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.
His mother, Samia Tabbal, 50, and father, Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, were both born in Libya but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester where they have lived for at least ten years.
After giving birth to two sons, they had son Hashem Abedi, now 20, and daughter Jomana, 18..
There were unconfirmed reports in Manchester that the whole family apart from the two elder sons recently returned to Libya.
While the security services working theory is that the perpetrator triggered the blast alone, the national police counter-terror network, assisted by MI5, are urgently piecing together his background to see whether he had any help in planning the outrage.
They will be looking to build a picture of the attacker’s movements both in recent weeks and months as well as immediately before the strike.
Another priority will be to establish whether any further linked attacks or copycat incidents are planned.
Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.