The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LIBYA – The British Royal Navy had evacuated in mid-2014 Salman Abedi, who is behind the suicide bombing attack in Manchester on May 2017, where Twenty-three people were killed, including the attacker, and 139 were wounded, more than half of them children, CNN reported.
CNN said on Wednesday that Salman Abedi, born in Manchester, was 19 years old when he was evacuated from Tripoli aboard the HMS Enterprise in August 2014, along with his younger brother Hashem and more than 100 other British citizens. The ship took passengers from Tripoli to Malta, and they boarded a flight to the United Kingdom.
In a statement a British government spokesperson confirmed the rescue: “During the deteriorating security situation in Libya in 2014, Border Force officials were deployed to assist with the evacuation of British nationals and their dependents.”
The British government at the time recommended that its citizens leave Libya immediately as a result of the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli following major military attacks launched by Islamic groups in the “Libya Dawn” operation, which has taken over the city from then on.
CNN reported that the Manchester bomber was being monitored by British security services when he traveled to Libya, but the security services closed his case a month before he was rescued from Tripoli.
Ramadan al-Ubaidi, the father of Salman, is a close associate of members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, most notably Bashir al-Faqih, who is the suspect in helping the perpetrators of the 2003 Casablanca bombings in Morocco, killing Forty-five people, and Abu Anas al-Libi and Abdel Basset Azzouz, In Manchester, who was sent to Libya in 2011 on orders from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to set up a combat group there and managed to recruit about 200 fighters, all members of the Islamist Sanabel Charitable Society, which was responsible for funding the group in Britain.