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Manchester Arena terrorist Salman Abedi ‘used benefits cash’ to pay for bomb

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Manchester Arena terrorist Salman Abedi used benefits cash to pay for the bomb used in the atrocity, a court heard.

The mass-murderer’s mother, Samia, received more than £2,000-a-month in taxpayer funded payments, even after leaving the UK for Libya in 2016.

And the trial of her son, Hashem, was told in the run up to the suicide attack in May 2017 which killed 22 people, her bank account continued to be propped up with public cash while she was living abroad and was accessed several times.

The public money was used to buy elements which created the Ariana Grande gig bomb, including a £300 industrial sized battery and tools said to have been used in the construction of the deadly device.

A jury at the Old Bailey was shown bank statements showing £690 housing benefits from Manchester City Council as well as child tax credits and other benefits, adding up to a monthly income of more than £2,000.

The investigation also found Salman Abedi received student loan payments. His Halifax student card was found in the foyer of the Manchester Arena after the attack.

Witness Alharth Forjani, 21, told the court how Hashem, his cousin, arrived at his house one afternoon and asked him to buy “acid for his car” which he didn’t question as he “trusted him.”

Denying suggestions from prosecutors it was “a bit odd” he was asked to make the purchase, Forjani answered: “I didn’t think about it.”

Salman and Hashem’s uncle, Adel Forjani, also told jurors the brothers’ behaviour changed over time and they became “more radical”.

Speaking via an interpreter he added there were “strange things” such as their change in clothes.

Prosecutors allege Hashem is “just as guilty” for the atrocity as his brother, who set off the device at an Ariana Grande concert, killing himself in the process.

Hashem denies knowing anything about his brother’s plans and pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of murder, one of attempted murder and one of conspiring to cause an explosion.

The trial continues

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