An unnamed source recently came forward claiming the FBI knew about the Manchester attack before it was carried out.

According to the source, the FBI shared information with U.K. security officials concerning the suicide bomber, but allegedly, U.K. officials did nothing.

The information was provided in early 2017, long before the attack was carried out. So the question now remains – could lives have been saved if U.K. officials had acted differently?

The FBI supposedly told U.K. officials to put Salman Abedi on a terrorist watch list, and still he carried out one of the most deadly attacks on English soil in modern day history.

The Daily Caller reported:

British security services allegedly received a warning about Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi in January, a security source told The Daily Mail on Sunday.

The FBI reportedly shared information with MI5 about Abedi’s links to terrorist groups in Libya, and that he belonged to an Islamic State cell in Manchester. He was put on a terror watch list by U.S. security services in 2016, according to The Mail.

“In early 2017 the FBI told MI5 that Abedi belonged to a North African terror gang based in Manchester, which was looking for a political target in this country,” the unnamed source told The Mail. “The information came from the interception of his communications by U.S. federal agents, who had been investigating Abedi since the middle of 2016, and from information unearthed in Libya, where his family was linked to terrorist groups.”

Reportedly, an investigation was launched, but was shortly closed due to lack of evidence.

It was originally believed the terrorist sect Abedi belonged to was planning an assassination attempt on a political leader rather than orchestrating a terrorist attack.

The Daily Caller reported:

The tabloid claims British authorities looked into the terror cell but closed their investigation shortly after.

“Following this U.S. tip-off, Abedi and other members of the gang were scrutinized by MI5. It was thought at the time that Abedi was planning to assassinate a political figure,” the source said. “But nothing came of this investigation and, tragically, he slipped down the pecking order of targets.”

MI5 considered Abedi a “former subject of interest” who was “subject to review.” Despite being flagged to authorities on at least five separate occasions, they did not regard Abedi as an imminent threat.

While the British Secret Service did not believe Abedi to be of any threat, he proved to be a dangerous terrorist who single-handedly destroyed over two dozen lives.

Do you think U.K. officials should have been stricter in their investigation against the terrorist?

Do you believe the FBI should have stepped in, knowing Abedi was a threat?

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