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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Manchester terror attack bomber 'called mother to say forgive me'

Authorities identified Salman Abedi as the bomber who was responsible for Monday's explosion in Manchester. (AP)
Authorities identified Salman Abedi as the bomber who was responsible for Monday's explosion in Manchester. (AP)

The suspect in the Manchester bombing attack telephoned his mother hours before the attack and said "forgive me", a spokesman for an anti-terror force in Libya has said.

Special Deterrent Force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem said that 22-year-old Salman Abedi's mother and three of his siblings in Libya were summoned for questioning.

Abedi died in the attack at Manchester Arena where 22 people were killed.

Mr Bin Salem said the mother told interrogators that her son left Libya for England only four days before the bombing and called her on the same day of the attack.

Mr Bin Salem said: "He was giving farewell."

Another sibling, 18-year-old brother Hashim, and Abedi's father were arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday.

Mr Bin Salem said Libyan investigators think, based on what Hashim Abedi told them, "the bomber acted alone".

He said the brother told them that Salman learned how to make explosives on the internet and wanted to "seek victory for the Islamic State".

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