Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers in an attack in Manchester, attends an interview with Reuters in Tripoli, Libya, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
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The father of suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was once part of a Libyan militant group with alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, a Libyan security source said Thursday.The now-disbanded LIFG was founded in 1995 by Libyans who had fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan and stayed on after their withdrawal.LIFG members have allegedly maintained murky links with Al-Qaeda.Al-Qaeda in 2007 announced that the LIFG had joined its ranks -- something the Libyan group later denied, saying it had no ties to international organisations.LIFG leader Abdelhakim Belhaj was handed over to Gadhafi in 2004 by American intelligence agencies.
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