Salman Abedi father says he's innocent of Manchester bombing

22 people died in the attack on Monday night

Salman Abedi was named as the suspected attacker yesterday

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The father of suspected Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi says his son is innocent, according to the Associated Press.

Abedi's father, known as Abu Ismail, told AP from Tripoli: "We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us."

The suspect's father also said his son had visited Libya a month and a half ago, and confirmed police had arrested another of his sons after the attack which left at least 22 people dead.

Abedi's parents came to the UK from Libya in the early 90s, reportedly fleeing the Gaddafi regime, and raised their children in Manchester.

Abedi, 22, was named as the suspect yesterday, hours after an improvised explosive device caused carnage at a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

A 23-year-old man was arrested by police as they raided properties in south Manchester yesterday. The man was reported to be Abedi's brother.

A further three people have been arrested today as police continue their investigation.