The suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
Abedi is believed to have returned home to Manchester from his family’s native Libya, where he spent three weeks, just days before the attack.
A friend of Abedi’s said: “He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday night it was possible he had planned his deadly attack with a “wider group of individuals”.
He was born and raised in Manchester in a normal family household on Elsmore Road, the same property that was raided by police on Tuesday.
Neighbours recalled tall, skinny young man who was little known in the neighbourhood, and often seen in traditional Islamic clothing.
He also lived at other address’s in the area, including Wilbraham Road, where plainclothes police made an arrest on Tuesday.
He is thought to have a younger brother, Hashim Abedi, and a sister Jomana, whose Facebook profile suggests she is from Tripoli and lives in Manchester.
A family friend, who asked not to be named, said they were known to the Libyan community in the city and described Abedi as “normal”.
He said: “He was always friendly, nothing to suggest (he was violent). He was normal, to be honest.”
It is believed he caught the attention of one imam whom he stared down during a sermon denouncing terrorism.
“Salman showed me a face of hate after that sermon,” Mohammed Saeed told The Guardian of the 2015 encounter.
“He was showing me hatred.”