Father of alleged Manchester bomber arrested

London - The spokesperson for a Libyan anti-terror force says the father of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli.

Special Deterrent force spokesperson Ahmed bin Salem told the Associated Press that Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, was detained in Tripoli on Wednesday.

Bin Salem says the elder Abedi was detained for interrogation.

Before his arrest, Abedi snr told the AP that his son was innocent and had been planning a trip to Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage.

Ramadan Abedi also had said he worked as the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.

He said he fled Tripoli in 1993 after Muammar Gaddafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant, and eventually sought political asylum in Britain.

Salman Abedi was born in Britain in died in Monday's attack at Manchester Arena.

Two of his brothers have been arrested along with their father.

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