Did the Manchester Bomber Build His Own Bomb? [VIDEO]

New headline says the Manchester bomber made the explosive device himself.

The police have been looking, according to reports, for the source of the explosive used by the Manchester bomber at the Ariana Grande concert. Supposedly the bomb was too sophisticated to be manufactured by Salman Abedi on his own. But, according to a Wall Street Journal headline, the authorities have changed their minds: “Manchester Suicide Bomber Likely Built Bomb Himself, Security Official Says.

However, some content in the story undermines the headline (emphasis added):

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British authorities believe the suicide bomber who killed 22 people outside a pop concert here this week assembled the powerful explosive device himself, possibly with the help of accomplices, a Western security official familiar with the investigation said Friday.

A large number of those suspected of aiding the 22-year-old British-born attacker, Salman Abedi, in carrying out the plot were in police custody, said the nation’s top counterterrorism police officer, Mark Rowley.

“We’ve got our hands on a large part of it,” Mr. Rowley, an assistant police commissioner in London, said Friday, referring to the circle of people police believed to be involved. “They’re very significant, these arrests.”

Police said they arrested another two men, aged 22 and 20, early Saturday morning. In total, 11 men between the ages of 18 and 44 were in custody in the U.K., including the attacker’s 23-year-old brother. Investigators were still seeking to determine how Abedi was able to slip through security surveillance, who knew about the attack in advance, and how the bomb was manufactured.


Signs indicate the attack, carried out with a bomb containing the explosive material TATP, had been planned for some time, the official said. The leading theory is that others knew about the attack in advance and/or helped construct the bomb, the official said.

“Clearly, it would take time to make a device that is relatively sophisticated,” the Western security official said.

So, it is still very unlikely that Abedi built the bomb by himself. Perhaps the headline only means that they’ve ruled out the possibility he received the bomb from some other terrorist group.

The entire story is worth reading because it reviews all the people who reported Abedi as a potential terrorist and points out that British security is overwhelmed by the number of dangerous people living there thanks the mass immigration policies. It ends with a muted acknowledgment that invading and destroying Libya is now contributing to British civilians getting killed by terrorists. Yet there is still no sign that politicians are sorry for what they have done.

Read the whole Wall Street Journal story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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