Last Updated May 25, 2017 5:42 PM EDT
MANCHESTER, England — A spokesman for the anti-terror force in Libya says the 22-year-old bomber in thetelephoned his mother hours before the attack and said, “Forgive me.”
Special Deterrent Force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem said Thursday that‘s mother and three of his siblings in Libya were summoned for questioning.
Bin Salem says the mother told interrogators that her son left Libya for England only four days before Monday night’s bombing and called her on the same day of the attack. He says Abedi “was giving farewell.”
The young Briton is accused of killing at least 22 people and injuring 59 others by detonating a suicide bomb during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Abedi died in the attack.
Authorities say he may have been more directly connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) than they had originally believed. The terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Another sibling, 18-year-old brother Hashim, and Abedi’s father were arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday. Eight men are now in custody in connection with the attack.
Bin Salem and Libyan investigators believe “the bomber acted alone,” based on what Hashim told them — that Salman learned how to make explosives on the internet and he wanted to “seek victory for the Islamic State.”
Since the deadly attack, police have carried out a number of raids around the southern Moss Side district of the city, where Abedi lived with his parents and two siblings.
Authorities have found more evidence — including leaked photos of the remnants of the bomb itself — that suggest the…