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The father of the Manchester bombing suspect says that his son is innocent.

22-year-old son Salman Abedi is alleged to have carried out a suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people and left dozens injured.

Ramadan Abedi, who has since been arrested in Libya for alleged ties to an al Qaeda-linked group, told The Associated Press by telephone that he spoke to his son five days ago and he sounded "normal."

He said that his son visited Libya a month-and-a-half ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia. The elder Abedi denied that his son had links to radical Islamist militants.

"We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us," he said.

He said Salman was planning to head from Saudi Arabia to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with family.

He said his other son, Ismail, was arrested in England on Tuesday morning.

According to AP, a former Libyan security official said the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s

Although the group disbanded, the former official said the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism from which Al Qaeda and ISIS hail. 

Watch Greg Palkot's report on the attack and suspect above.


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