The suicide bomber in the Manchester terrorist attack was identified by a mother of a 16-year-old rape victim. In February 2016, a teenaged girl from Manchester was gang raped by three 20-year-old Somali men, among them Bilal Ahmed. At the time, the three men were convicted and are now serving a combined 31-year sentence. However, during their trial, Ahmed and several of his friends harassed, threatened and intimidated the family of the girl they had assaulted. Now the mother of the girl states that Manchester bomber Abedi had been one of them and friends with Ahmed.
The mother recognized Abedi as soon as his identity was revealed following the terrorist attack. He had been one of the men supporting Ahmed and the rape during the trial, she claims. Already last year, the mother reported Ahmed’s supporters to authorities after seeing violent imagery on their social media profiles. But seemingly no action was taken, according to her.
After identifying the Manchester bomber, the mother was not surprised that associates of the men who raped her daughter went on to become terrorists. She stated: “They are all friends and are ending up terrorists and rapists. At the time it made me think another one could go on to commit a terrorist act and Salman clearly has.”
Salman Abedi killed 22 people, as well as himself, and injured another 119 with a nail bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.