By Henry D Gombya
The Manchester Arena suicide bomber who left 22 people including children as young as six years dead, was born and bred in Manchester, Greater Manchester police have revealed.
Revealing the identity of the bomber, Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable revealed the police had identified the attacker as Salman Abedi who was born in Manchester of Libyan parents who had fled the regime of former Libyan strongman Col Muammar Gaddafi and were given asylum in the United Kingdom.
At the time he carried out the atrocity, Abedi, 22, who grew up in the Whalley Range area of Manchester, was registered as a business studies student at the University of Salford in Manchester. Police used controlled explosives to force their way into the house he was living in Elsmore Road, Fallowfield and were seen taking away a man who they are holding under custody. In addition to the dead, at least 59 people were injured, some with life-threatening injuries and are being given treatment at eight different specialist hospitals in Manchester, Britain’s third largest city.
Political leaders around the world have been sending messages of condolences and sympathy to their counterparts here in England as Britain continues to mourn the senseless killing of people including children whose only fault was to want to attend a pop concert staged by an American artist, Ariana Grande.
The scene of the crime, Manchester Arena which can accommodate at least 21,000 people, remains guarded by heavily armed police and all roads leading to the arena also remain closed. Victoria Train Station which happens to be right under the Arena, also remains closed, and there have been several traffic jams around the area as people try to find alternative ways to reach their destinations. Train travel in Manchester, home to two famous football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City was heavily disrupted all day.
Yesterday’s attack become the second largest since the attack in London in 2007 that left at least 56 people dead when suicide bombers used underground trains and the famous red London buses to carry out their terrorist attacks. As of this incident, the 2007 attackers were also home bred. Notable is the fact that all the terrorist attacks that has taken place in this country have been carried out by young men born and bred in the United Kingdom. All campaigns for next month’s general election have been put on hold indefinitely.
The London Evening Post will this weekend post a detailed article on the rise of Islamic radicalisation in the United Kingdom and try to look into why Islamic radicalism has chosen violent death as the only way to make itself known on the world scene. Don’t miss it.