PHIL CARDY DAN WARBURTON
Low-level gangster was a college brat who hated women
TWISTED Salman Abedi was a woman-hating dropout, a college friend has revealed.
The Manchester bomber turned up for class on an IT course in full Islamic dress and launched into furious rows with female tutors.
A fellow student in his 2012-13 year group at Manchester College said: “He had serious issues with women, especially staff. He wouldn’t listen to them or follow instructions. He had a dreadful attitude problem.
“He would hang around with a group of other lads who would smoke weed and harass the girls. They’d say really inappropriate things about them, he had no respect for women.”
It is believed Abedi started to develop his radical Islamic views while on trips to Libyan capital Tripoli, starting in 2011.
Our source said: “His views and appearance gradually became more religious and radical.
“On the one hand he was claiming to be ultra religious, but he was also hanging about with his gang smoking cannabis.
“He turned into a really unpleasant kid. He was getting more and more radical but no one believed he’d do something so evil.”
Abedi attended the college after leaving Burnage Academy for Boys. He later went to Salford University but dropped out after two years of a business and management degree.
A Manchester College spokesman said: “We share the feeling of shock and grief at the events of Monday night. Our thoughts are with family and friends of all those affected. We will continue to provide all the support we can to our staff, students and communities.”
A school pal said Abedi had considered himself a low-level gangster. But he, too, said Abedi changed after visiting Libya with his brothers. He said: “They saw people get killed, horrific things and still had the fresh memories in their brains. With their gang mentality it was a toxic mixture of violence. That sparked it.”