The suspected Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, who detonated himself in a pop-concert in the city passed through a German airport before the attack, police said on Thursday.
Salman Abedi spent only a short time at Duesseldorf airport’s transit area four days before the bombing at Manchester Arena, Duesseldorf police said, confirming an earlier report in German magazine Focus.
“According to the current state of the investigations, the suspect transferred in Duesseldorf on his travels to Manchester. Therefore he spent a short time in the transit area,” police said in a statement.
Police didn’t provide any further information or say where Abedi was coming from when he landed in Duesseldorf.
Salman Abedi’s Father Ramadan was arrested by Tripoli-based force. Ramadan was once part of a Libyan militant group with alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, a Libyan security source said.
Abedi’s father Ramadan “was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG),” said Ahmed bin Salem, spokesman for Libya’s Deterrence Force, which acts as the police for Libya’s unity government.
The Tripoli-based force arrested Abedi’s father and brother after Monday’s attack at a pop concert which killed 22 people and was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Ramadan Abedi was hunted by the regime of Moamer Kadhafi for his ties to the group, finding refuge in Britain before returning to Libya in 2011 to join the NATO-backed uprising that finally overthrew the dictator, British media have reported.
The now-disbanded LIFG was founded in 1995 by Libyans who had fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan and stayed on after their withdrawal. The group’s sole aim was to topple Kadhafi.