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REPORT: UK security services were warned 5 times about Manchester attacker Salman Abedi

REPORT: UK Security Services Were Warned 5 Times About Manchester Attacker Salman AbediManchester terrorist Salman Abedi. Facebook

Manchester attacker Salman Abedi was flagged to UK authorities five times about his extremist views before committing the atrocity that killed 22 people on Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported.[1]

The newspaper noted the times Abedi had been reported. Citing information also reported by the BBC, it said:

  • He told friends “being a suicide bomber was okay,” something that led them to contact an anti-terrorism hotline run by the British government.
  • A community worker who knew Abedi had been worried he was “supporting terrorism” and had expressed the view that “being a suicide bomber was ok,” the BBC reported late on Wednesday[2].
  • Didsbury Mosque attended by Abedi in the past contacted the Home Office’s Prevent programme about Abedi. Prevent is an anti-radicalisation programme.
  • Two people who knew Abedi at college made calls about him to the authorities, the BBC added.

On Wednesday, representatives of the Didsbury Mosque distanced the centre from Abedi and condemned his actions in the strongest possible terms. It is also believed that British authorities were aware that Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, had potential links to terror-related groups. Former Libyan official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, which had links to al-Qaeda. Haroun said he belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, an extreme sect of Islam from which al-Qaeda and the Islamic State hail.

Ramadan Abedi, alongside his other son Hashem Abedi, Salman’s younger brother were both arrested separately in the Libyan capital Tripoli by counter-terrorism forces on Wednesday.[3]

Abedi killed 22 and injured at least 64 when he detonated an improvised bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena in central Manchester on Monday night, where pop star Ariana Grande was performing.

The 22-year-old suicide bomber was radicalised during trips to Syria and was known to British intelligence services, it has emerged.

References

  1. ^ The Daily Telegraph reported. (www.news4security.co.uk)
  2. ^ the BBC reported late on Wednesday (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ both arrested separately in the Libyan capital Tripoli by counter-terrorism forces on Wednesday. (uk.businessinsider.com)

3 women attacked Downtown, in garage and on street

CLOSE3 Women Attacked Downtown, In Garage And On Street 3 Women Attacked Downtown, In Garage And On Street

Several women have reported being sexually assaulted in parking garages and elsewhere in Downtown Indianapolis in recent days. Here are some ways police say you can protect yourself. Dwight Adams/IndyStar

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Crime scene tape is shown near an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department cruiser.(Photo: Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar)Buy Photo

Metropolitan police are warning people to be on guard after two women reported being assaulted in a Downtown parking garage on Monday morning. The women said they were assaulted at a garage in the 100 block of New Jersey Street, according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reports. One 24-year-old woman said the attacker sexually assaulted her at the garage about 10:40 a.m. She was taken to Eskenazi Hospital, the report said.

About two hours earlier, a 28-year-old woman told police a man followed her from the garage and touched her buttocks as she rode the elevator to her apartment. She was not assaulted any further, according to the report. A third woman reported being sexually assaulted Downtown in the 200 block of Michigan Street about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Some media outlets reported that this happened at a garage, but IMPD spokesman Officer Aaron Hamer said the woman was assaulted on the street.

Crime report: 6 months: 9 injured, 1 dead in Downtown shootings[1]

Where’s this?: You’ve probably never heard of Indiana’s richest town[2]

YourTube challenge: 2 IU students survive 48 hours in Wal-Mart[3]

One garage manager, concerned that a woman was robbed and almost raped,” sent an email to company and city officials urging them to hire a security guard, Fox59 reported.[4]

Downtown District Commander Phillip Burton said IMPD officers routinely patrol parking garages, but they can’t be there all the time.

“Citizens must protect themselves. Just be aware of your surroundings,” Burton said. “Have your keys ready. Have your head on swivel so that you area looking around and being cautious.”

Burton said the department deploys additional officers during special events and on weekends. Officers on bikes patrol parks, trails and monuments where vehicles don’t fit.

“In my judgment, Downtown is very safe,” he said. Officer Anthony Patterson, an IMPD survival tactics trainer, said people should put down the phones, take off the earbuds and stay alert no mater where they are.

Pay attention to your surroundings, Patterson told Fox59. “Look back every 10 or 15 steps if you re by yourself, just a casual look back every once in a while.

Patterson urged people to report anything suspicious and ” If something tells you, Hey something isn t right, listen to that.”

Even if they don t mean you any harm, at least get them checked out, Patterson told Fox59.

News alerts delivered to your phone: Download IndyStar app for breaking news, sports.[5]

Fox59[6] contributed to this story.

Call IndyStar reporter Vic Ryckaert at (317) 444-2701. Follow him on Twitter: @vicryc[7].

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References

  1. ^ 6 months: 9 injured, 1 dead in Downtown shootings (www.indystar.com)
  2. ^ You’ve probably never heard of Indiana’s richest town (www.indystar.com)
  3. ^ 2 IU students survive 48 hours in Wal-Mart (www.indystar.com)
  4. ^ Fox59 reported. (fox59.com)
  5. ^ Download IndyStar app for breaking news, sports. (interactives.indystar.com)
  6. ^ Fox59 (fox59.com)
  7. ^ @vicryc (twitter.com)

8 guards and 7 inmates were sent to the hospital after a brawl at a California prison

8 Guards And 7 Inmates Were Sent To The Hospital After A Brawl At A California PrisonThis Aug. 17, 2011 file photo shows a correctional officer in one of the housing units at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File[1]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Eight California prison guards and seven inmates were taken to hospitals after a fight between two inmates quickly raged out of control Wednesday and required live ammunition to stop, corrections officials said.

Officers fired 19 bullets from semi-automatic rifles and three hard foam rounds to break up the melee at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.

Five of the seven injured inmates suffered gunshot wounds. One was expected to be airlifted to a different hospital for a higher level of care, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She said she didn’t know the conditions of the others.

Six of the eight injured guards were treated and released. Two are hospitalized with what officials called significant injuries but were expected to be released soon. One of those officers will eventually need surgery for an injured shoulder, Thornton said.

8 Guards And 7 Inmates Were Sent To The Hospital After A Brawl At A California PrisonIn this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, reporters inspect one of the two-tiered cell pods in the Security Housing Unit at the Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file[2]

“They all had like facial injuries, bumps, bruises, contusions,” she said. “It’s a frightening incident. It’s frightening to have inmates just swarm you … to overwhelm you and attack you.”

Several hundred of the prison’s roughly 2,000 high-security inmates were in an exercise yard when two began fighting, she said. The melee began when the two prisoners refused to break up their fistfight despite guards’ use of batons and pepper spray.

Large groups of prisoners then ran toward the fight and attacked the guards.

“We’re encouraged that the officers weren’t injured more than they were,” Thornton said.

References

  1. ^ AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File (www.apimages.com)
  2. ^ AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file (www.apimages.com)
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