Thursday 20 July 2017

Gardaí now tracking jihadis with Libya links

Sympathisers monitored in wake of Manchester attacks

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Picture: AP
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Picture: AP

Tom Brady and Kevin Doyle

Anti-terror gardaí are now closely examining any known links between jihadi sympathisers here and suspects operating in the Manchester area.

Officers are focusing in particular on sympathisers with Libyan connections in an effort to establish if there had been contacts between those here and suspected members of the Manchester terror cell. They are probing whether contact was made either directly or through social media.

Gardaí from the crime and security branch as well as military intelligence are monitoring the activities of a group of sympathisers believed to be providing logistical support to terror groups - these include a handful of Libyans.

Libya has become the key focus of investigators in the UK who are looking into the background and accomplices of Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 at a concert in Manchester. He spent weeks in Libya and returned to Manchester just days before he carried out the atrocity at an Ariana Grande show.

The security authorities here are in daily contact with their UK counterparts - where police and MI5 believe that an active terror cell has been based in the Manchester area for some time and are ready to strike again.

Irish Independent

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