The Manchester bomber’s 18-year-old sister spoke out about her brother.
Jomana Abedi, the bomber’s sister, claimed that her brother committed his crime as an act of revenge for the children dying in Syria by the hands of America.
She said her brother was usually very “kind and loving” and she couldn’t expect him to do something so extreme as killing 22 people after the Ariana Grande concert on Monday at Manchester Arena.
He viewed America’s bombings as injustices, and that’s what lead him to take such harsh measures.
She told the Wall Street Journalist, ‘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. Whether he got that is between him and God,’ she added
A family friend of his, unnamed, also claimed that his motives also included the death of his teenage friend, who was brutally stabbed and run over by gangs in May 2016. The family friend shared that he saw Salman Abedi vowing revenge at his friend’s funeral. After that Abedi started behaving unusual, showing more interest towards religion and extremist groups.
Abedi’s father supported these claims before getting arrested by gunmen in Tripoli. Ramadan Abedi said his son looked “normal” when they talked a few days back. ‘We don’t believe in killing innocents.’
Hashem was also arrested in Libya, believing he has links with ISIS, as ISIS took blame for the tragedy.
A Libyan security official told that Hashem had been under surveillance for some time before his arrest, and claimed that Hashem knew about his brother’s plans.
The Deterrence Force revealed ‘investigation teams supplied intelligence that he was planning a terrorist attack in the capital Tripoli’.
Abedi’s 23-year-old brother Ismail, and his uncle were also arrested Chorlton and Manchester respectively. It is also believed that the murderer’s mother is also in police custody.
They believe they overlooked his terrorist intentions as two calls were made to the anti-terror hotline against Abedi, along with his family considering him “dangerous.”
Salman Abedi had just come back to the US a few days before the attack, after travelling far into the Middle East and believed to have taken training from terrorists in Syria. Detectives believe that there is some link between the Manchester bombing and the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks.
Read more: The New York Times