Eye On Jihadis in Libya Weekly Update: July 23

IS in Action

On 17 July, Hashem Abedi, the brother of the suicide bomber Salman Abedi who blew himself up at a concert the British city of Manchester in May 2017, was extradited from Libya to the UK. A spokesperson for the Special Deterrence Force (Rada), who had detained Hashem in Tripoli, confirmed his extradition. Hashem is wanted on charges of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to cause an explosion. Abedi is likely to appear before the Westminster Magistrates Court after questioning.

On 11 July, IS released its al-Naba newsletter no 190, which featured a eulogy for Abu Assem al Sudani (aka Mohamed Bin Ahmed al-Falata). The Sudanese national was allegedly one of the ISIS Libya’s media officers and was killed fighting against LNA force in southern Libya. He is thought to have documented the groups June 2018 attack on the Qanan Police Station, close to Ajdabiya.

On 9 July, the Shahat CID arrested a suspected IS member, Ayoub Salah Abdul Aziz al-Alsoinai. The CID claims al-Alsoinai confessed to murdering several military and police officers.