The news that British authorities are using the word "network" in connection with Monday's deadly Manchester concert attack is a significant development, as there are many reasons to believe the suicide bomber did not act alone, Rep. Pete King said Wednesday.
"I don't believe they would have used the word network unless they were pretty sure they thought others were involved," the New York Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer, pointing to the "sophistication" of the weapon that was used and saying it would cause "great difficulty" to pull off the attack alone.
Reports are still coming in about 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi's frequent trips to Libya, The Telegraph in London reports, and a friend told the newspaper that he had gone to Libya three weeks ago "and came back recently, like days ago."
French authorities are also reporting Abedi went to Syria, noted Hemmer, but that hadn't been confirmed by British authorities.
"That all has to be examined," said King. "That's one of the worries we have. [There was] much travel back and forth between people in Europe to Libya, Syria, to the Middle East and we know that Libya has become a hotbed for terrorism since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi."
Islamists are very powerful in Libya, he continued, and that is a "main threat to Europe."
And then there is the fact that Abedi, who was born in England, was from a Visa-waiver country, so he would have been able to fly to the United States several times without applying for a Visa, said King.
"The overall issue facing the Brits right now, but also faces us every day and we have to accept that," said King.
He also does not believe the attack was the work of a "lone wolf," because of the sophistication of it, and he believes someone else built the bomb that was used.
"If you have something this sophisticated put together, you probably won't have the person lose his life because you need that skill," said King.
"As far as lone wolves, there are lone wolves. They get radicalized over the internet. . . People have actually trained in the Middle East. There are different levels of threats we face. They are all Islamists, one way or another. "
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