The terrorist behind the Manchester bombing, which killed 22 people at Manchester Arena on Monday, Salman Abedi, made a phone call to his mother, Samia Tabbal, and said ‘forgive me’ hours before carrying out the attack. According to a Libyan anti-terror official.

Special Deterrent Force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem said Salman Abedi’s mother and three of his siblings in Libya were summoned for questioning and 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 added that Libyan investigators believe ‘the bomber acted alone’ based on comments from his younger brother Hashem Abedi, who has been arrested in Libya.

His father Ramadan Abedi was also arrested in Libya, while his other brother Ismail Abedi was arrested in the UK.

It was previously claimed that the terrorist called his brother in Libya and asked Ms Tabbal to call him back.

It has since emerged that Abedi was known to security services and his risk to the public was listed as ‘subject to review’ ahead of the attack.

Abedi’s sister has said he ‘wanted revenge’ for western military strikes in the Middle East.

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