Manchester attack: Youth worker ‘warned authorities’ about suspect
Monday 5th June, 2017
Calls have been made for greater investment in youth services after reports that authorities were warned by a youth worker of concerns about the suspected suicide bomber responsible for an attack at Manchester Arena in May.
The BBC has reported that a Muslim community worker said that he flagged up concerns five years ago, after Salman Abedi, who would then have been around 17, said he “was supporting terrorism” and that “being a suicide bomber is okay”.
The community worker said they had come into contact with Abedi when he was studying at Manchester College.
A total of 22 people were killed and a further 119 injured following an explosion at the 21,000 capacity Manchester Arena on Monday night during a sold out Ariana Grande concert.
The National Youth Agency highlighted the early warning as a sign of the value of youth work.