Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to have acted as a lone wolf terrorist, according to British authorities probing the deadly attack.
New evidence has revealed that Abedi likely purchased most of the key components to make the homemade bomb himself and most of his actions leading up to last week’s bombing at the Manchester Arena were carried out alone.
“Our inquiries show Abedi himself made most of the purchases of the core components and what is becoming apparent is that many of his movements and actions have been carried out alone during the four days from him landing in the country and committing this awful attack,” Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, the head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said Tuesday night.
Jackson noted, “We also have a good understanding of the likely component parts of the bomb and where these came from.”
Abedi, a British-born son of Libyan refugees, killed 22 adults and children, including an 8-year-old girl, when he detonated the explosive at the close of an Ariana Grande concert as thousands were exiting the 21,000-seat arena.
More than 100 other concert-goers were wounded in the savage May 22 attack and authorities have arrested 16 people since the bombing.
Though it’s believed Abedi acted alone, officials have not ruled out whether he is part of a larger network.
“It is vital that we make sure that he is not part of a wider network and we cannot rule this out yet. There remain a number of things that concern us about his behavior prior to the attack and those of his associates which we need to get to the bottom of,” Jackson said.
More than 1,000 officers have been a part of the investigation, which includes the examination of Adebi’s movements on CCTV footage and past interactions he’s had with people or calls he has made.
Police are also trying to determine why Abedi repeatedly visited Manchester’s busy Wilmslow Road with a blue suitcase.
“We are especially keen to find out why he kept going back to the Wilmslow Road area and we need to find the blue suitcase which he used during these trips,” said Jackson.
With Post Wires