Manchester attacker likely to have travelled to Syria, says French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb

Paris: The bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in the British city of Manchester had likely been to Syria, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

UK police investigate the Manchester blast. AP

UK police investigate the Manchester blast. AP

He told BFMTV that British intelligence services had informed their French counterparts that 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who was of Libyan origin, grew up in Britain and then suddenly, after a trip to Libya and then likely to Syria, became radicalised and decided to carry out this attack.

Collomb said it was possible that Abedi had assistance from other people and added, "In any case, the links with Daesh are proven."

Daesh is another term for the Islamic State jihadist group, which has claimed responsibility for the attack on the concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in which many of the victims were children.

The French minister, who took office only last week, added: "At the moment we only know what British investigators have told us."

Collomb went further than the revelations to date from British authorities.

British interior minister Amber Rudd told BBC radio that it was "likely and possible" that the bomber wasn't doing it on his own.

In the wake of the attack, Britain has raised its terror alert level to maximum for fear of an imminent new terror strike.

Updated Date: May 24, 2017 18:49 PM

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