Inquest hears of suicide bomber death

Kim Pilling
Inquest hears of suicide bomber death

An inquest into the death of Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi has been opened and adjourned.

Abedi killed 22 people and injured more than 200 others when he detonated a device in the main foyer of the venue as people left an Ariana Grande concert on Monday May 22.

No members of the family of the mass murderer, born in Manchester and of Libyan descent, were present or represented during the brief five-minute hearing at Manchester Town Hall.

The court heard that the force of the explosion "severely disrupted" the body of the 22-year-old attacker, who died at the scene.

Giving evidence, Detective Inspector David Warren, of Greater Manchester Police said the body was recovered from the blast scene on May 23 and transferred to a mortuary outside Manchester.

A post-mortem examination was carried out which determined that he died of multiple injuries.

He was identified primarily by fingerprints, DNA and dental records.

A bank card in his name was also recovered from the scene.

Abedi's full name was Salman Ramadan Abedi, his date of birth was December 31 1994 and his next of kin was his brother Ismail, the court heard.

Senior coroner for Manchester Nigel Meadows adjourned proceedings until December 1 for a pre-inquest review hearing.