Act of betrayal: Manchester bomber was rescued by the Royal Navy from Libyan warzone and evacuated b

© Daily Mail Abedi was on a gap year from Manchester College and he later went on to study business management at Salford University

The Manchester suicide bomber was rescued by the Navy from war-torn Libya three years before his pop concert atrocity, the Mail reveals today.

HMS Enterprise plucked Salman Abedi, then 19, from the Libyan coast and took him to Malta for a flight home to Britain in August 2014.

Last May he set off a bomb in Manchester Arena that killed 22, including seven children. 

Abedis younger brother, Hashem, who is in jail in Tripoli facing trial over the attack, was also rescued by HMS Enterprise. 

The pair had been caught up in fighting in Libya and were among more than 100 British citizens taken to safety. 

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited British survey ship HMS Enterprise evacuated more than 100 British citizens from Libya in August 2014

Photographs released by Ministry of Defence officials at the time showed the group being brought on board the Navy vessel.

A Whitehall source said: For this man to have committed such an atrocity on UK soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal. 

The revelation will enrage families who lost loved ones in Abedis despicable attack. It is also likely to raise fresh fears over possible intelligence failures.

Abedi was known to the security services and was being monitored at the time of his trip to Libya. However, just one month prior to his rescue, MI5 closed his case as a result of mistaken id....

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