He likely smiled because, if he played a role in his brother’s jihad massacre, he thinks he has earned great blessings from Allah.
“Terrorist’s brother arrested: Dramatic moment armed police swoop to arrest Ismail Abedi, 23, over his sibling’s arena massacre,” by Rachael Burford, Thomas Burrows, Rory Tingle, Joseph Curtis, Abe Hawken, Richard Spillett and Nick Fagge, Mailonline, May 24, 2017:
This is the moment anti-terror police swooped on Salman Abedi’s brother in the street and arrested him in connection with last night’s ISIS terror attack in Manchester Arena.
Footage shows officers leading the handcuffed Ismail Abedi, 23, to a police van outside a Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, south Manchester at about 10.30am this morning.
Witnesses said the IT manager was ordered to ‘get on the ground’ and that he was seen smiling as a team of officers, who had arrived in a black Mercedes, made the arrest.
It came just hours after his terrorist brother Salman Abedi, 22, slaughtered 22 people and injured another 119 after an Ariana Grande concert.
Abedi, a former business student at Salford University, grew up in the Whalley Range area of the city. He was registered as having lived with his mother Samia Tabbal, father Ramadan, a former airport security worker, and brother, Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993.
But everything changed in 2011 when his father abruptly left his job and home to fight in Libya, leaving his family to fend for themselves, according to a local imam.
Abedi and his brothers appear to have followed in his footsteps by sharing stories of British jihadis fighting in Syria on social networks and even praying and ‘chanting’ in the street.
Photos and video show raids at Abedi’s home in Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place, and his brother Ismail’s address, near where he was arrested.
Forensic officers, carrying a manual called ‘Know Your Chemicals’, were seen exiting the younger Abedi brother’s address after the door was blown off.
Chemical experts were seen outside with specialist instruments amid fears that he could have obtained radioactive material.
It was also claimed last night that he had travelled by train from London to Manchester on Monday in advance of the attacks.
It raised suspicions that he may have met co-conspirators or been supplied with his explosive device by an as-yet-unidentified bombmaker….
Abedi, the third of four children by Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime, was known to authorities. He was born in the city and neighbours described him as an abrasive, tall and skinny Manchester United fan.
His brother, who was being questioned by police, is married to a maths teacher and worked for Park Cake Bakeries in Oldham until January. An online CV also shows Ismail Abedi was an IT engineer for Manchester Islamic Centre from 2012 until 2016.
Why didn’t they call him out on his “extremism”?