Investigators believe the man behind the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing had links to Germany, two German news outlets reported on Saturday. On May 22, Salman Abedi carried a backpack full of TATP explosives and nuts and bolts into the lobby of an Ariana Grande concert. The Libyan-born British citizen waited for people to start leaving and then detonated his bomb, killing 23 people, including himself, and injuring many more. Police immediately suspected the 22-year-old had a support network, and his 20-year-old brother Hashem was soon arrested in Libya. He was suspected of having aided his brother’s deadly quest and admitted to having full knowledge of the plans. He allegedly sourced the explosives, helped raised funds for the attack and arranged logistics. He was additionally suspected of planning attacks against the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler, a German citizen. British tabloid outlets reported he was also planning an attack against the British ambassador to Libya, Peter Millett. Read more: Jihadi arrests in EU nearly double in 2 years: Europol German link Now, German news weekly Focus and Cologne daily Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger say Hashem traveled at least twice to Germany. Investigations by Special Branch, Scotland Yard, MI5 and German authorities reportedly… Read full this story
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