Turkey: No warning received from EU for Manchester bomber before he left İstanbul

People gather to see flowers and messages of support left around a statue of Richard Cobden in St Ann's Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 25, 2017, placed in tribute to the victims of the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Police said they arrested two men Thursday in the Manchester area in connection with the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande pop concert, while a detained woman was released without charges. Britain has raised its terror alert to the maximum level and ordered troops to protect strategic sites after 22 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Manchester pop concert. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

Turkish security officials said Turkey had no prior intelligence on Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester on Monday, from European countries before he traveled from İstanbul to the UK.

According to a story by Reuters, a Turkish security official said there were no records concerning Abedi entering Syria during his travels.

Turkey has regularly been used as a transit point for European militants traveling to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria’s civil war.

“There is flight traffic before his arrival to Europe. He travels first to Europe, then to a third country and then to Istanbul and back to Europe,” the official told Reuters.

According to a story in Financial Times on Thursday, German intelligence discovered that Abedi had traveled to England from İstanbul four days before the suicide attack.

Abedi, who was born in Manchester of Libyan parents, flew from İstanbul to the UK via Dusseldorf’s international airport, a German intelligence official told the Financial Times.

ISIL has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

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  1. Lets not forget that Erdogan threatened Eu countries: ” No European will be safe… No European will be able to walk the streets safe”