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Manchester bomber's brother arrested in UK after extradition from Libya

Police aim to prosecute Hashem Abedi, whose brother killed 22 in attack on concert, for murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion
Hashem Abedi has been in Libyan custody since 2017 (AFP)

The brother of a suicide bomber who attacked a concert in the UK city of Manchester in 2017 was extradited from Libya to Britain on Wednesday and arrested at a London airport, according to Greater Manchester police.

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Salman Abedi blew himself up, killing himself and 22 people in May 2017 at an Ariana Grande concert at the arena.

Britain had requested that his brother, Hashem Abedi, be extradited that same year after police issued an arrest warrant against him for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion.

A Libyan court agreed to extradite the 21-year-old because he is a British citizen.

But in April, the country's interior minister, Fathi Bashagha, said the plans were on hold as a result of the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar and their military offensive against Tripoli.

On Wednesday, a spokeman for the Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force that has been holding Abedi announced he was on his way to the UK.