Meanwhile, it was revealed that a jailed terrorist who Abedi visited in a UK prison months before his attack is refusing to help the public inquiry into the atrocity. Abdalraouf Abdallah, 26, is declining to speak to lawyers for the inquiry who want to know about his links to the Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi, the hearing in Manchester was told yesterday.
Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the inquiry, said: 'Salman Abedi's relationship with Abdalraouf Abdallah was one of some significance in the period prior to the bombing and we are determined to get to the bottom of it.
He said Abdallah was refusing to co-operate, Suicide Bomber - Sanctions - Home Sweet Home (CD, claiming legal privilege not to incriminate himself. Salman Abedi's remaining family, including father Ramadan, mother Samia and sister Jomana, who all live in Libya, have refused to co-operate as has younger brother Hashem Abedi, jailed for life last month for his part in the bomb plot.
Ismail Abedi, the eldest brother who lives in the UK, is also claiming legal privilege. Mr Greaney said: 'This is most unhelpful and we hope Salman Abedi's family will reflect and understand they have a moral obligation to provide the information we require. He said the inquiry must try to understand how Abedi became radicalised and why he carried out this 'horrific act of violence'.
Abdallah, from Manchester, was left wheelchair-bound after he was shot and paralysed from the waist down while fighting in the Libyan uprising and returned to the UK for treatment. In Februarythree months before the bombing, prison authorities found he had an illicit phone and had tried to make calls to Abedi. They included his education, his friendships and associates and his religious community, including his attendance at Didsbury Mosque, the hearing was told.
At the trial of his younger brother Hashem Abedi earlier this year, jurors heard how the two changed, gave up education, wore traditional Islamic clothing and became more religious in the months and years before the bombing.
Earlier in the inquiry, it emerged a victim may have survived his injuries if he had not waited nearly an hour for medical treatment. Abdalraouf Abdallah, 26, is declining to speak to lawyers for the inquiry who Album) to know about his links to the Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Police scrambled to Manchester Arena in their droves after the shocking attack three years ago.
John Atkinson, 28, had a heart attack an hour and 17 minutes after the blast when he suffered blood loss from leg and abdominal wounds. He only received treatment after he was carried to paramedics by members of the public on a makeshift stretcher made from advertising hoardings and a metal barrier.
Mr Atkinson was 'conscious and able to speak' when taken from the scene but died less than an hour later. The inquiry has also Album) told the fire service had an 'inadequate and ineffective' response to the bombing. Training exercises raised 'serious concerns' about how the fire service and police worked together ahead of the terror attack but lessons were not learned, the inquiry has heard.
On the night, the fire service decided to 'muster' at their station three miles from the scene. Problems with communication and confusion over whether an 'active shooter' was at the arena meant fire engines, specialist equipment and stretchers did not arrive until two hours and six minutes after the explosion, by which time all the casualties had been evacuated.
John Atkinson, 28, pictured was caught in the blast carried out by suicide bomber Salman Abedi in the City Rooms, the foyer of the arena. In other development at the inquiry in Manchester today:. Mr Atkinson, a health care assistant who worked with autistic adults, was at the concert because Ariana Grande was one of his favourite singers, the inquiry was told.
He received the tickets as a Christmas present and went with a lifelong friend called Gemma O'Donnell, who was also the sister of his partner, Michael. He managed to drag himself towards an exit called the 50 Pence staircase, where he was helped by a member of the public called Ronald Blake, who was among the first people to dialseconds after the blast.
Mr Blake was talked through how to put a tourniquet on Mr Atkinson's leg using his belt, by the emergency call handler and he stayed with Mr Atkinson for 'just short of an hour' until he was treated by paramedics, Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the inquest, said. Mr Atkinson was 'conscious and able to speak' at His rescuers were planning to take him down to the station concourse in the lift but they could not get him into it, the inquiry was told. They managed to slide a metal barrier under the advertising hoarding and he was carried down to the station concourse at Paramedics took his pulse at He was placed in an ambulance at Mr Atkinson had sustained very severe leg injuries and abdominal injuries and suffered a cardiac arrest due to inadequate blood filling his circulatory system.
A panel of experts on blast injuries, instructed by the inquiry, said the injuries he suffered were 'potentially survivable. On the night, the fire service decided to 'muster' at their station three miles from the scene, and did not arrive at the arena until two hours and six minutes after the explosion.
Pictured, emergency services at the scene. Salman Abedi was seen 'adjusting wiring' underneath his clothes in the moments leading up to the devastating terror attack which left 22 people dead on May 22, Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the inquiry, left said the exercise 'raised serious concerns about the interaction between police commanders and their communications with other responding emergency services.
A post-mortem discovered that Mr Atkinson suffered from ischaemic heart disease and Dr Paul Rees, a surgeon commander in the Royal Navy and an expert in cardiology was instructed to investigate further. The inquiry was also told North West Fire Control was first notified at They also received reports, wrongly, of an 'active shooter' and some casualties with gunshot wounds. But there appeared to be confusion about whether GMFRS should follow procedures based on the incident being an explosion or a terror bombing.
Inquiry chairman Sir John Saunders said Salman Abedi left 'blew himself up in the explosion but he intended as many people as possible would die with him. Station manager Simon Berry, of GMFRS, was told a rendezvous point was arranged with police at Manchester Cathedral nearby, but this was rejected in favour of a different 'muster point' for just four fire engines at Philips Park fire station three miles away from the arena. This decision would be 'critical' to the understanding of how the fire service was delayed so long in deploying to the arena, Mr Greaney said.
British Suicide Bomber - Sanctions - Home Sweet Home (CD Police BTPwho had declared a major incident within nine minutes of the blast, were calling the fire service asking how many fire engines had been deployed to the arena.
But North West Fire Control still believed there was an active shooter and people had been shot. An expert report on GMFRS's response to the attack found it 'inadequate and ineffective' and said there was a lack of effective leadership, strategic direction and 'operational grip', though 'no single individual' was responsible for the failings.
The public inquiry, scheduled to last into next spring, was adjourned until Monday. The final movements of the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing have been outlined at the public inquiry into their deaths. Counsel to the inquiry Paul Greaney QC said the details would be 'difficult to hear and difficult to deliver', as he warned those watching it may be distressing. Relatives of some of the victims wiped away tears in the hearing room at Manchester Magistrates' Court, while other families watched proceedings from a nearby annexe.
Photographs of the 22 were displayed as Mr Greaney described their movements at the Ariana Grande concert on May 22where they were when Salman Abedi detonated his bomb in the City Room foyer, the extent of the medical treatment given to their injuries, and their cause of death. Nurse and 'much-loved' wife and mother Mrs Howe was described as a gifted musician who was due to celebrate her 45th birthday two days later and then go on holiday to New York with husband Stephen. Loved ones of beauty therapist Mrs Lees said they remembered the married mother-of-two for her 'wide smile and infectious laugh'.
Both were standing four metres away from the blast site and were pronounced dead at the scene with concert T-shirts placed over their bodies. Post-mortem examinations showed Mrs Lees died from multiple injuries and Mrs Howe from a head injury - with both likely to have been rendered unconscious immediately.
Their injuries were said to be unsurvivable. The couple, who met and fell in love in their native Poland, were said by their daughters to have 'shared a deep bond', were 'very caring' and would plan a family day out every few weeks. They stood with their arms around each other as they waited for the concert to finish. At the time of the explosion they were four metres away.
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