The terrorist who killed 22 people in a suicide bombing in the British city of Manchester in 2017 had attended a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to London two years prior to the attack, the Daily Mail reported Friday.
Salman Abedi attended the September 2015 protest organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, an organization backed by former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
There was no suggestion that Abedi was formally linked to either the PSC or Corbyn.
According to the report, Abedi was among a group who traveled from Manchester to attend the Downing Street rally before moving to a second protest outside the United Arab Emirates embassy. The newspaper said the second protest was organized by a British group that supported a Libyan militia with ties to Al-Qaeda’s Ansar al-Sharia.
Two years later, inspired by Islamic State, Abedi detonated explosives among crowds of mostly young people leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
The youngest victim was aged just eight. Others included parents who had come to pick up their children.
A public inquiry heard last month that Abedi was associated with six MI5 “subjects of interest” and visited an incarcerated terrorist twice prior to the attack.
According to the Guardian, Abedi had himself been made a “subject of interest,” but his file was closed in July 2014 — a year before the anti-Netanyahu protest and three years before the Manchester attack.
In August, Abedi’s brother Hashem, 23, was jailed for life for playing an “integral part” in the attack. He was convicted of murder, attempted murder, and conspiring to cause explosions at a trial that ended in March.
The court heard he was in Libya when the attack took place on May 22, 2017, but helped his brother plan it for several weeks, including by obtaining chemicals for the homemade bomb.
AFP contributed to this report.