Libyan force says will not extradite brother of a suicide bomber to UK

By on November 3, 2017

A Libyan armed group holding the brother of a suicide bomberwho killed 22 people at a pop concert in the English city of Manchester will not grant a British extradition request, its spokesman said on Thursday. According to Ahmad Ben Salim, there was no legal agreement between Britain and his group to allow extradition.

On Wednesday, British police said they had issued an arrest warrant for his brother Hashem Abedi and prosecutors had asked Libya to extradite him.

Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton born to Libyan parents, blew himself up at the end of a show by U.S. singer Ariana Grande. His victims included seven children while more than 500 people were injured.

Various armed factions in Tripoli have aligned themslves with the government, some with semi-official status for law enforcement.

Police have previously said they believed Salman Abedi had built the bomb himself and CCTV showed him buying nuts from a hardware store that were used as shrapnel as well as the tin that was believed to contain the explosives.

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