Security services face claims they were WARNED by bomber’s family that he was dangerous amid questions over how he slipped through the net
It has emerged that Manchester bomber travelled to both Syria and Libya
US intelligence official claims family warned UK authorities he was dangerous
‘Shambles’ at UK border means returning jihadis slip through, MailOnline told
Calls for tougher checks on people leaving the country and coming back in
By JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
24 May 2017
UK security services are facing claims they were warned by the Manchester bomber’s family that he was dangerous.
The claim by US intelligence sources will raise fresh questions about how Salman Abedi slipped through the net despite having travelled to both Syria and Libya.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted today that Abedi, who killed himself and more than 20 others when he detonated a nail bomb at a pop concert on Monday, was ‘known’ to the security services ‘up to a point’.
Meanwhile, the government is under pressure to toughen up ‘shambolic’ border checks that mean jihadis returning to Britain from ISIS battlefields are not challenged.
As a picture began to emerge of the 22-year-old behind the atrocity in Manchester, a US intelligence official told NBC members of Abedi’s own family had informed on him in the past.
They said the bomb he used was so ‘big and sophisticated’, including materials hard to obtain in Britain, that it was ‘almost impossible to see he didn’t have help’.
Abedi was apparently identified by a bank card found in his pocket at the scene of the explosion, with his name then confirmed by facial recognition technology.
The latest leaks out of the US will infuriate ministers, who have been trying to keep details of the investigation under wraps.
Troops are being deployed onto Britain’s streets today amid fears a further terror attack ‘may be imminent’.
Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent, detonated his nail bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, killing himself and 22 others.
Ms Rudd said today that Abedi, who is reported to have recently returned to the UK from a visit to Libya, was known to the intelligence services ‘up to a point’.
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