A chilling CCTV image showing Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi seconds before he murdered 22 people has been shown to a jury.
The image was taken 19 seconds before the 22-year-old detonated his powerful rucksack bomb, sending thousands of nuts and screws shredding everything in their path.
Abedi had waited an hour in the City Room, the foyer outside the venue, before blowing himself up while surrounded by youngsters and their parents leaving an Ariana Grande concert at 10.31pm on May 22 2017.
The suicide attack left 22 innocent people dead and hundreds more injured, the Old Bailey has heard.
A CCTV image of Salman Abedi in Manchester Arena, on May 22, 2017, moments before he detonated his bomb, which was shown at the Old Bailey in the court case of Hashem Abedi, brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber, who is accused of mass murder
CCTV pictures of the attacker standing amid the crowd of men, women and children was shown in the trial of his brother Hashem Abedi, who is accused of helping him plan the killings.
In it, Salman was seen wearing a large Karrimor rucksack containing the bomb.
The court heard 14,054 people had attended the pop concert that night and 359 people were in the foyer at the time of the detonation.
Security and medical staff provided first aid and checked for signs of life immediately after the blast.
British Transport Police officers from Victoria Station were the first to arrive at the scene.
Abedi was caught on CCTV footage leaving his rented flat on Granby Row in Manchester with a large suitcase then returning empty handed
Abedi making his way to a Metrolink tram station at 8.12pm, circled in red, and he is clearly carrying a large backpack
Abedi getting ready to board the Metrolink tram, circled in red, at 8.16pm
Abedi boarding a Metrolink tram at 8.28pm, circled in red, and he is clearly carrying a large backpack
Abedi leaving a Metrolink train as he makes his way to the Manchester Arena in May
Abedi at Victoria Station making his way to the Manchester Arena, on May 22, 2017, where he detonated his bomb, which was shown at the Old Bailey today
Abedi used the toilets at Victoria station before he made his way to the Manchester Arena
Greater Manchester Police officers then checked for any ‘secondary devices’ and secured the area, jurors were told.
A ‘major incident’ was declared and a triage medical station was set up on the Victoria Station concourse for paramedics to treat the wounded.
All living casualties were moved out by 11.30pm and 19 people were confirmed dead at the scene, jurors heard.
The father of 15-year-old victim Meghan Hurley remained with her body until after 1am, the court heard.
Salman Abedi’s body was recovered in four parts and was riddled with nuts, wire and metal parts, jurors were told.
Abedi wandered around Victoria station, before making his way to the Manchester Arena
Walking with his hands in his pockets, and the rucksack on his back, Abedi, can be seen wandering through the crowds of commuters
Abedi entered a lift and his face can be seen clearly as he makes his way down in the lift to the Manchester Arena Foyer
Abedi, circled in red, arriving at the Manchester Arena, where he detonated his bomb
He was identified by his DNA and finger prints taken in 2012 when he was arrested for shop lifting, the court heard.
In the days before the Ariana Grande concert, the 20,000 capacity Manchester Arena had hosted a series of Take That concerts and a Professor Brian Cox Live event.
Earlier on May 22 2017, Salman had arranged to send £460 to Libya, jurors heard.
He was caught on CCTV footage leaving his rented flat on Granby Row in Manchester with a large suitcase then returning empty handed.
Later, he went out with his rucksack and took a Metrolink tram to Victoria Station in Manchester.
While waiting for the tram, he made a call lasting just over four minutes to his family in Libya, the court heard.
The bomber remained in the area of the Manchester Arena for two hours before detonating his device at 10.31pm.
Salman Ramadan Abedi: the cannabis-smoking university drop-out who was reported to authorities for ‘extremism’ before killing 22 people
Salman Ramadan Abedi was born in Manchester on December 31, 1994 to a Salafi family of Libyan ancestry.
Neighbours had described the family as traditional and ‘super religious’.
Abedi’s former tutors noted that he was a slow and uneducated person.
It has been reported that he had accused a teacher of Islamophobia when they expressed unsympathetic views towards suicide bombing.
He was described by friends as fun and outgoing, enjoying alcohol and allegedly smoking cannabis before he went teetotal after 2011 – the year he fought for the anti-Gaddafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group with his father.
Abedi was sent back to Britain for school, before getting injured during fighting in Libya in 2014.
Not well-known in Fallowfield, some had noticed that he had grown a beard and started wearing religious dress.
He enrolled at the University of Salford before dropping out in 2014.
Manchester Police suspected Abedi of using his student loans to acquire the materials to build a bomb, as well as pay for travel to Libya before 2017.
He was known to the security services and police, but never flagged as anything more than a petty criminal.
Members of Britain’s Libyan diaspora had allegedly warned authorities ‘for years’ about his radicalisation.
Abedi, however, was not known to the Prevent anti-radicalisation scheme.
In November 2018, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee had concluded that MI5 had dealt ‘too slowly’ with Abedi before the attack.