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Salman Abedi - the tall, skinny, normal student who brought death to Manchester

By PA Reporters

Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old named as the suicide bomber behind Monday's terror attack on Manchester Arena, was born in the city and is believed to be of Libyan descent.

Abedi was registered as living at Elsmore Road in the city as recently as last year - where police raided a downstairs red-bricked semi-detached property on Tuesday as they hunted those thought to be behind the blast.

Neighbours recalled an abrasive, tall, skinny young man who was little known in the neighbourhood, and often seen in traditional Islamic clothing.

It was unclear whether he lived alone at the address, where a flag - possibly Palestinian - was occasionally seen flying from an upstairs window.

Neighbours said the young man had many visitors, one man dropping by regularly to pick him up in a Toyota Yaris.

Abedi is thought to have been of Libyan origin and born in Manchester.

He is thought to have lived at a number of addresses in the area, including one in Wilbraham Road, where plain clothes police made an arrest on Tuesday.

Abedi is registered as having lived with his mother Samia Tabbal, father Ramadan Abedi and a brother, Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993.

He is thought to have a younger brother, named as Hashim Abedi, and a sister Jomana, whose Facebook profile suggests she is from Tripoli and lives in Manchester.

A childhood friend of Ismail, who asked not to be named, described Salman as "normal" and said his family were known to the Libyan community in the city. He told the Press Association: "Ismail's brother was kind of like a normal guy. I've never chilled with his brother. I know his name is Salman and I say 'hi' to him and talk to him.

"He was always friendly, nothing to suggest (he was violent). He was normal, to be honest."

According to the man, Ismail teaches Arabic classes at a mosque in the area, which his father was also said to visit.

Abedi was a student at Salford University.

It is understood Abedi was not known to have participated in any clubs or societies during his time in higher education, and never met with the resident imam.

He did not live in university accommodation, had not been in any trouble at the university and was not on any radar for pastoral or social care.

Salman Abedi "probably" attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque, officials at the mosque said. Fawaz Haffar, a businessman and trustee of the mosque, said he did not know the bomber or recall seeing him at the mosque.

But he said he "probably" did attend there, given his father used to perform the azan, the call for prayer before 1,000 of the faithful, and his brother attended as a volunteer at the mosque until recently.

Mr Haffar stressed the mosque was what he called a moderate, modern, liberal mosque, and he is a member of an organisation liaising with police, the Independent Advisory Group.

Besieged by reporters at the mosque, Mr Haffar said it was likely Salman Abedi had attended the mosque.

Abedi was named after armed officers carried out a raid on the red brick semi in south Manchester where he was registered as living.

Police performed a controlled explosion there yesterday afternoon. Detectives are working to establish whether he was working alone or as part of a network.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Monday night carnage, although it often claims attacks that it did not carry out.

A top US intelligence official, Dan Coats, said the claim had not been verified by his government.

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