Manchester Arena murderer named as Salman Abedi

Salman Abedi
Salman Abedi

The terrorist who detonated a suicide bomb at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert has been named as Manchester born 22-year-old Salman Abedi. The murderer, whose Libyan parents had come to the UK seeking sanctuary from the Gaddafi regime, was a former University of Salford student.

Six people have been arrested in the UK since Monday night, including Abedi’s older brother 23-year-old Ismail.

A local counter-terrorism spokesman told Reuters that Abedi’s younger brother, Hashem, was arrested in Tripoli on Tuesday, and Reuters are also reporting that their father has been arrested.

UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, President Kenyatta, CS Amina Mohamed and footballer Victor Wanyama have all Tweeted their own personal responses to the atrocity.

The Manchester Arena victims or Salman Abedi

Manchester Arena victims
Some of the victims from Monday’s attack on Manchester Arena.

The victims identified so far include 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, from Leeds, whose grandmother is critically injured in hospital.

Others who died are mother-of-three Michelle Kiss, Nell Jones, 14, eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51, Martyn Hett, 29, and Olivia Campbell, 15.

Kelly Brewster, 32, John Atkinson, 28, Georgina Callander – thought to be 18 – and Polish couple from York, Marcin and Angelika Klis, have also been named.

Some of the victims were making their way outside at the end of the gig when Abedi detonated his “nuts-and-bolts” bomb, while others had been waiting in the foyer to pick up children and family.

An off-duty Cheshire police officer was also among those killed and it is understood her husband is critically ill and her two children were injured.

Of the 64 injured, 20 are in a critical condition. Twelve of them are children.