An ongoing UK inquiry into the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack in which 22 died and hundreds were injured is raising serious questions about what UK intelligence knew and when regarding this ISIS-inspired plot.
Is the ensuing criticism fair? Borealis provides a former insider’s perspective on how counter-terrorism actually works.
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2017 Manchester Arena Bombing
On 22 May 2017, an ISIS suicide bomber struck moments after the singer Ariana Grande finished her concert at Manchester Arena, killing 22 concertgoers and injuring 116 more.
ISIS indeed claimed the heinous act. The attacker was later revealed to be 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a Manchester native of Libyan descent whom investigators believe was radicalised after spending time in Libya in 2011. He received help from his brother, who was found guilty of murder almost three years later. As the Crown prosecutor put it: “He has blood on his hands even if he didn’t detonate the bomb.”
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