TRIPOLI, LIBYA — Police say suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s father Ramadan Abedi has died in custody after a medical incident at a maximum security jail in Tripoli.
Few details have been released, but police and paramedics responded to the Detention Centre at about 5:15a.m. on Thursday after a report of the 22-year-old Manchester Arena attacker’s father in “medical distress.”
Ramadan Abedi was transported by ambulance to Tripoli Central Hospital where “life-saving intervention” continued until about 7:45 p.m., when he was pronounced dead.
Police Major Crime Section officers attended the Detention Centre but foul play is not suspected in Ramadan’s death.
An autopsy is yet to be performed today and police will assist the coroner with the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cause of death.
Ramadan’s son, suicide bomber Salman Abedi was believed to have travelled to Syria and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born.
The father and brother of the Manchester attacker Salman Abedi, were arrested on 25th May, 2017 by counter-terrorism forces in Libya.
Hashem Abedi, 20, was picked up by security forces in the north African country’s capital Tripoli.
Ramadan Abedi, an administrative manager of the Central Security Force in the Libyan capital, was detained separately by security forces in the city, on suspicion of having links to the Islamic State group.
An eyewitness claimed he was handcuffed by counter-terrorism forces and put in an unmarked vehicle in Tripoli.
His third son, 23-year-old Ismail Abedi, was also arrested following raids on a property by officers in Manchester.
The Abedi family live between Libya and Manchester and reportedly moved to the UK to escape the regime of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Mr Abedi had previously said he could not understand how his son had become involved in the attack and claimed he was innocent.
Police confirmed that 22-year-old Salman Abedi was behind the atrocity at the Manchester Arena.
A total of 22 people were killed and 59 injured, many of them children, in the attack.
It was the worst act of terrorism on British soil since 56 people were killed in 2005’s 7 July London bombings.