Manchester attack: ‘Trainee pilot’ arrested in West Sussex in connection to bombing

A trainee pilot has reportedly been arrested in West Sussex in connection with the inquiry into the Manchester bombing.

The 23-year-old was held on suspicion of terror offences at an address in Shorehan-by-Sea, Greater Manchester Police said.

He is the 16th person to be arrested in connection with the attack, which killed 22 people and injured more than 100.

Violet Mainda, who owns a hairdresser’s salon beneath the flat where he was arrested, said she believed the man who lives there was training or had trained to be a pilot, She added: “He was a normal bloke, very jovial.”

Ms. Mainda told the Daily Mail: “He was a young Libyan guy who was always very jovial and nice.

“He said he was training to be a pilot at Shoreham Airfield and he had just completed doing that. I am really, really shocked by this. I can’t believe he had been arrested.

“He had a few friends and a girlfriend and always seemed very nice. I don’t know if he worked, I think he just studied to be a pilot. He said he was studying to become a pilot at Shoreham.”

She added: “He told me he came from Libya. He must have been here more than a year and he was always jovial.”

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Source: News Now/ Belfast Telegraph

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.