The UK government has admitted it’s “likely” it had communication with members of a violent jihadist group linked to Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.
British-born Abedi, as well as his father, had long-standing links to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which was both an affiliate of Al-Qaeda and a militant organization trying to topple Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Abedi killed 22 people and injured scores more when he detonated a bomb at Manchester Arena last May.
The UK government has now conceded that it may have had contact with the group, despite it being proscribed as a terrorist organization in 2005. It was described at the time as seeking to establish a “hardline Islamic state” and “part of the wider Islamist extremist movement inspired by Al-Qaeda.”
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