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23 times Abedi was on the radar

- Daily Mail Reporter

MANCHESTER bomber Salman Abedi was on the radar of MI5 and police 23 times before he killed 22 concert-goers in May 2017.

DECEMBER 2010: Abedi first comes to MI5’s attention seven years earlier, aged 15, when an address linked to him becomes relevant in an investigat­ion.

2011: MI5 and counter-terror police are told Abedi may be going to Syria but conclude he had briefly gone to Europe.

NOVEMBER 2011: Ramadan Abedi, Salman’s father, subject to ports checks at Manchester airport and Dover on return from Libya. Once, Salman was with him.

DECEMBER 2013: Abedi mistakenly considered to be an individual seen alongside a ‘subject of interest’ under investigat­ion for planning to join Isis in Syria.

MARCH 2014: Salman is made low-level MI5 ‘subject of interest’ for four months after contacting a suspect by phone.

JULY 2014: Then 19, Salman and younger brother Hashem, 17, travel to Libya but are evacuated on August 4 by HMS Enterprise, without any security debrief.

AUGUST 2014: Suspected Isis recruiter Abdalraouf Abdallah exchanged 1,300 messages with person called ‘Salman’. 2015: Abedi’s phone is linked to an Al Qaeda suspect under investigat­ion for arranging travel to Syria.

2015: MI5 told about Abedi’s contact with Libyan-linked subject of interest.

FEBRUARY 2015: Abedi visited Abdallah on remand in London’s Belmarsh prison, prompting MI5 and police probes.

MAY 2015: MI5 considered investigat­ing Salman and another individual. He was treated as an informal subject of interest involved in funding terrorism.

SEPTEMBER 2015: Salman’s older brother, Ismail Abedi, is stopped at Heathrow on return from Malaysian honeymoon. Radical material is found on his phone.

SEPTEMBER 2015: Salman and Hashem go on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, which friends call a ‘turning point’ for Hashem, who became a bomb-maker.

OCTOBER 2015: Abedi’s status as a subject of interest is reopened and closed within a day after MI5 found a link with ‘senior’ Libyan Isis figure – later clarified as being via a third person.

NOVEMBER 2015: Salman travels to Germany via Paris – days before Isis-inspired terror attack killed 130 people in the French capital. MI5 initially believed he was attempting to reach Syria, later discounted as unlikely.

APRIL 2016: Abedi revealed as ‘contact of a contact’ of an MI5 ‘subject’ suspected of funding an Isis fighter in Syria.

MAY 2016: Manchester airport informs police after Abedi is seen activating a boarding card for a flight to Istanbul – a well-known transit point to Syria – next to a suspicious individual.

EARLY 2017: Two pieces of intelligen­ce received by MI5 about Abedi. He may have been thwarted if the intelligen­ce was acted upon, inquiry concludes.

JANUARY 2017: Bomber appeared as a second-level contact of individual who was being investigat­ed due to previous travel to Syria, and Isis links.

JANUARY 2017: He and two associates visit Abdallah in HMP Altcourse. MI5 are informed. That day, Abedi orders his first bomb-making chemicals.

MARCH 2017: Abedi flagged as a potential terrorist by a security services computer programme, following intelligen­ce received in 2016.

APRIL 2017: Abedi is again flagged up as a second-level contact of a subject under investigat­ion for links to a recruiter and facilitato­r for Isis in Libya.

MAY 2017: Salman Abedi is one of 26 individual­s considered for further ‘lowlevel’ investigat­ions by MI5, with a meeting scheduled for May 31 to discuss his case. He detonates bomb on May 22.

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