Manchester Arena terrorist's brother being extradited to UK, Libya says

Many of the victims of the suicide attack were teenage fans of Ariana Grande

Many of the victims of the suicide attack were teenage fans of Ariana Grande

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that Hashem Abedi was successfully extradite to the United Kingdom from Libya today and will face the charges relating to the attack that killed 22 innocent people on May 22 2017.

Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha told CNN that the man, named Hashem Abedi, had been extradited on Wednesday.

Ariana Grande was performing at the venue, where an estimated 14,000 people attended at the event.

His brother Salman killed 22 people when he blew himself up in the foyer area of Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

Police said Abedi arrived at a London airport and would appear at Westminster Magistrates Court but did not say when.

Britain requested his extradition in 2017 to face charges over his alleged involvement in the bombing.

"He has today been successfully extradited, for offences relating to the Manchester Arena attack", Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a statement.

British authorities have sought Hashem's extradition for almost two years, saying he was involved in planning the lethal attack. The Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force (Rada), the group that was holding Abedi, earlier confirmed the extradition.

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"They escorted him on the flight back and they landed in the United Kingdom a short while ago".

British politicians welcomed the extradition of Abedi.

The extradition is overdue, with the Libyan prime minister promising his transfer to the United Kingdom by the end of 2018. "Wherever they are, whoever they are, I will always do all I can to bring suspected terrorists to justice".

It is understood police explained the operation to bring Hashem Abedi back to the United Kingdom from Libya needed to be kept secret due to the ongoing civil conflict in the country.

Rada, a counter-terrorism and anti-crime group aligned with the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, arrested Hashem shortly after the Manchester bombing on suspicion he had helped co-ordinate the attack.

"His successful extradition from Libya is an important step forward in the investigation into his brother's evil terror attack at Manchester Arena".

British members of parliament found past year that the M15 security service missed potential opportunities to prevent the bombing.

The two brothers were both born in Britain to Libyan parents who had fled Muammar Gaddafi's regime but returned to their native county in 2011 after he was overthrown.

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