2017/05/27 – Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot – The Telegraph
The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe.
Abedi’s finances are a major ‘theme’ of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain’s welfare and student loans system to secure financing.
One former detective said jihadists were enrolling on university courses to collect the student loans “often with no intention of turning up”.
Abedi was given at least £7,000 from the taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company after beginning a business administration degree at Salford University in October 2015.
It is thought he received a further £7,000 in the 2016 academic year even though by then he had already dropped out of the course.
Abedi, 22, never held down a job, according to neighbours and friends, but was able to travel regularly between the UK and Libya.
This will be included in the running Manchester thread.
2017/05/24 – Manchester Bomber’s Father Says Son Made Regular Visits to Libya – Bloomberg
The father of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was detained by unknown security personnel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday, according to witnesses at the scene.
Three armed vehicles arrived to take away Ramadan Abedi and another unidentified man.
2017/05/24 – Manchester attack police say they are investigating terror network – The Guardian
After his officers made three further arrests and raided several properties on Wednesday, the chief constable of Greater Manchester police, Ian Hopkins, said: “I think it’s very clear that this is a network we are investigating.”
A neighbour at a property in south Manchester identified one of the men detained as Adel Forjani, in his mid-40s, whose grown-up son was also taken away, he said. Omar al-Faqhuri said the family were from Libya and had lived in the house for 15 years.
2017/05/24 – Lounging on a Libyan beach with his childhood mates, the cannabis-smoking teenager who went on to slaughter 22 people in Manchester Arena attack after being radicalised and ‘receiving secret terror training in Syria’ – UK Daily Mail
But a senior US intelligence official claimed today that members of his own family had warned police that he was ‘dangerous’.
UK border checks were branded a ‘shambles’ after it emerged the suicide bomber had travelled to ISIS strongholds Syria and Libya before being able to come ‘straight through’ to Britain.
2017/05/23 – Neighbours of British-born Manchester suicide bomber tell of his ‘strange behaviour’ in the weeks before deadly attack – UK Daily Mail
The 22-year-old Manchester-born attacker was heard ‘chanting Islamic prayers loudly in the street’ outside his home in the south of the city.
Abedi is the third of four children by Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.
2017/05/23 – Manchester bomber identified: Latest in terror investigation – CBS
CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.
2017/05/23 – Manchester Ariana Grande Concert Bomber is Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist – PJ Media
As with virtually all Western terror attacks (as I’ve reported many times here at PJ Media — see below), this appears to be yet another case of “Known Wolf” terrorism. The suspected bomber had been known to authorities beforehand.
Back in March, after two “Known Wolf” terror attacks in only five days, I asked here how many more have to die before Western authorities begin to address the issue. The resounding answer has been: many more.
2017/05/23 – BBC Live Feed – BBC
2017/05/23 – AFTER MANCHESTER: IT’S TIME FOR ANGER – Spiked
The terrorist seeks to weaken our resolve, the powers-that-be want to sedate our emotions, retire our anger, reduce us to wet-eyed performers in their post-terror play. It’s a dual assault on the individual and society.
2017/05/23 – ISIS cheers Ariana Grande Manchester concert bombing – Raw Story
2017/05/22 – ISIS claim responsibility for suicide bomb attack that killed 22 including children and parents and injured 119 at Ariana Grande gig in Manchester – UK Daily Mail
2017/05/22 – Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka draws connection between Manchester bombing, murder of British soldier – Washington Examiner