Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber ‘warnings’
Born in Manchester to Libyan parents. Newsnight reported that when Abedi was 16 he fought against the Colonel Gaddafi regime with his father during the school holidays.
It was while at Manchester College that two people who knew Abedi have confirmed they made separate calls to an anti-terrorism hotline to warn the police about his extremist views.
One of the mosques attended by Abedi and his family in Didsbury, south Manchester, has said it has a “lot to learn” to deter young people from extremist ideologies.
Greater Manchester Police have made an appeal to the public for information about Abedi’s movements since 18 May, when he returned to the UK from abroad.
The home secretary would not comment specifically on what the security service knew about Abedi, but insisted it was right for MI5 to review its processes because “the threat is always changing”.
The Times is reporting that a “key” tool which gives law enforcement the power to stop Britons suspected of involvement in terrorist activity abroad at the UK border has only been used once it was introduced in 2015.
Ms Rudd said it was not for her to demand that a certain number of Temporary Exclusion Orders be used, but to make sure the security service has the “tools they can use” to protect the public.
“We need to put our efforts into protecting young people,” she told News. “People in our communities who are being targeted by Daesh [the Islamic State terror group] and fed a false ideology.”
She said the government had “never understated” the threat of a terror attack in the UK, adding: “We have to level with people.”