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    On 22 May 2017 suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in the foyer of Manchester Arena moments after an Ariana Grande concert ended, killing 22 people. His brother Hashem was extradited from Libya and jailed for life for assisting him.

    The parents of Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi are wanted for questioning by police over the 2017 atrocity, it has emerged.

    The Manchester Arena Inquiry began in September and is hearing evidence about whether opportunities to prevent the bombing were missed.

    As a result of a legal ruling made at the inquiry it can now be reported that Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, and his mother, Samia Tabbal, are among six people wanted for questioning by the police. They are both in Libya.

    ​Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a suicide bomb in his backpack in the foyer of the Manchester Arena just as thousands of people were emerging from a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande.

    His younger brother Hashem Abedi helped him to make the bomb and plan the attack but later fled to Libya, before being extradited back to Britain. In August this year Abedi, 22, was locked up for a minimum of 55 years.

    Hashem Abedi, the brother of Manchester attack bomber, is seen in this handout photo provided by Libyan Special Deterrence Force on May 25, 2017
    © REUTERS / Special Deterrence Force/Libyan Interior Ministry
    Hashem Abedi, the brother of Manchester attack bomber, is seen in this handout photo provided by Libyan Special Deterrence Force on May 25, 2017

    Ramadan Abedi is wanted after his fingerprints were found inside a Nissan Micra the brothers had used to store the explosives.

    During the Manchester Arena Inquiry it has already emerged that members of the Abedi family have failed to offer any assistance to detectives investigating the blast, which killed 17 women and girls and five men, wounded 264 and left at least 670 other people with devastating psychological scars.

    ​Greater Manchester Police tried to keep secret the names of the six individuals they were seeking to question as part of their investigation but various media organisations and the bereaved families successfully campaigned for the identities to be published.

    The inquiry’s chair, Sir John Saunders, said he did not believe publication of the names risked prejudicing any future criminal proceedings.

    The other suspects named in the document are Mohammed Soliman and Elyas Elmehdi, who are both believed to be abroad.

    GMP also want to talk to Majdi Alamari, who lives in Libya, and Anas Abuhdaima, who is believed to be in the UK, so they can rule them out of their investigation.

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