"I spoke to him about five days ago. there was nothing wrong, everything was normal", Abedi said. "I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester".
As well as visiting Germany, Abedi is also understood to have recently flown back to the United Kingdom from Libya, where his younger brother and father live.
Ahmed bin Salem, a spokesman for the Special Deterrent Force in Libya, said Abedi placed his final call to both his mother and a brother.
"Abedi appears not intelligent enough to have built this bomb himself".
- A 16-year-old boy is arrested in Withington, a suburb of south Manchester.
British police and security services were also upset that Abedi's name was apparently leaked by US officials and published while British police were withholding it - and while raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya, where the bomber's father lives.
The brother was described in media reports as "outgoing" compared to Salman, who was "very quiet". Hashem Abedi appeared to have known Hafidah.
"It became a big source of anger for the youngsters in the Libyan community".
Newark airport terminal evacuated after package found
A Port Authority police officer looked into the bag and saw that it "looked like a pressure cooker", the source said. Police say a partial evacuation has been completed and the Essex County bomb squad is responding.
The source said the the issue was "being raised at every relevant level by the British authorities with their USA counterparts".
"Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy", she said.
According to a Libyan anti-terror official, the call was placed in an attempt to "say goodbye" to his family.
When arrested he is reported to have said: "I have ideology with my brother".
Lord Blair said he completely agreed with the BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardner - who was also on the programme - in that the leaks was "a very serious grievous breach", but added: "I'm afraid, it is the same as before".
Police are hunting for a possible bomb-maker after the 22-year-old attacker, British-born Salman Abedi, detonated a sophisticated device at a concert venue packed with children on Monday night, killing 22 people. His father, who had been working for the Libyan police force in recent years, according to an official, was also detained on Wednesday, although it was not clear on what grounds. He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.
Opponents accused Corbyn of politicising the Manchester attack.
Ramadan seemed incredulous that his son had carried out a terror attack and said he was sure Salman had not been an ISIS member.
While the precise details of when and how Salman Abedi chose to turn to violent extremist remain unknown, his sister said he was loving but driven by a desire for revenge. "The family is a bit confused because Salman doesn't have this ideology, he doesn't hold these beliefs".
"We condemn these terrorist acts on civilians, innocent people". Twelve children under the age of 16 were taken to the hospital by ambulance following Monday night's attack.