KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — The Didsbury Mosque in Manchester, UK had expelled Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, for berating a cleric delivering an anti-Islamic State (IS) message.
According to British newspaper The Daily Mirror, Salman had also been banned by the mosque after the undated incident.
“There was a sermon about anti-Daesh (IS) and he (Salman) stood up and started calling the Imam — ‘You are talking b*****ks,” the newspaper quoted a Manchester resident and mosque attendee, Akram Ramadan, as saying.
The IS has since claimed responsibility for the bombing, while the group’s supporters rejoiced on social media over news of death and destruction in Manchester.
Akram, who lives above the home of Salman’s older brother, added that Salman had stared menacingly at the cleric before leaving.
The revelation follows allegations that Salman was reported to British authorities at least five times prior to the bombing at Manchester Arena, adding pressure to explain how his plan was not detected earlier.
Salman detonated an improvised explosive device during Grande’s concert on Monday, which was attended largely by young teens and prepubescent girls, and killed 22 people.
According to a separate Daily Telegraph report, at least two people called a UK anti-terrorism hotline to report Salman for his “horrific” views.
Among others, they told authorities that Salman affirmed that he was “supporting terrorism” and believed “being a suicide bomber was OK”.
“All of the publicity is about Muslims not coming forward and this shows that they are coming forward and expressing their concerns,” one unnamed community worker told The Daily Mirror.
The UK remains on its highest alert level against more possible terrorist attacks, after its Home Ministry confirmed that Salman had not acted alone in the attack at Manchester Arena.
Grande yesterday announced a benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester bombing.