In the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing it has emerged that police and security services failed to act on numerous over five years that suicide bomber Salman Abedi was a potential terrorist. Had law enforcement authorities not been such pussies they are afraid of being called racist, Abedi’s deadly terror attack might well have been prevented, according to information from independent investigators.
Following the despicable attack at the Manchester Arena on Tuesday night, which targeted concert goers many of whom were children or young teens and resulted in 22 lives being lost, questions are being raised as to why the security services in the UK did little to follow up on repeated reports from friends, Muslim community members and officials at a Mosque that Abedi had been radicalised while in Libya and Syria and had expressed support for ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood and suicide bombing. It has also been reported that members of his close family were also supportive of Islamic extremism.
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The reports date back five years, when two Muslim youth workers claim to have phoned an anti-terrorism hotline to report concerns over Adebi’s “extreme views” whilst he was completing his last year at school, the BBC has reported.
Two of Abedi’s friends were also so concerned about his behaviour that they separately phoned the hotline, five years ago, and again in 2016.
“They had been worried that ‘he was supporting terrorism’ and had expressed the view that ‘being a suicide bomber was ok’,” a source told the BBC.
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, told The Telegraph that community members also reported Abedi to the authorities two years ago “because he thought he was involved in extremism and terrorism”.
“People in the community expressed concerns about the way this man was behaving and reported it in the right way using the right channels,” Shafiq said.
“They did not hear anything since.”
Akram Ramadan, 49, a member of the south Manchester Libyan community where Abedi lived, said that Abedi had been banned from Didsbury Mosque after he confronted an imam who had delivered a sermon opposing extremism.
Didsbury Mosque has confirmed that, following the incident, it contacted the Home Office’s Prevent anti-radicalisation programme to flag Abedi as a possible extremist.
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