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Libya extradites Manchester bomber's brother to UK: security source

The brother of a suicide bomber who attacked a concert in Manchester in 2017 is being extradited from Libya to Britain, according to the force that was holding him.

"I confirm you that Hashem (Abedi) is now in the air on his way to the UK ... he is extradited in accordance to a court verdict," said a spokesman for the Tripoli-based counter-terrorism group Special Deterrence Force (Rada).

Britain requested Abedi's extradition in 2017 after police issued an arrest warrant against him for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion.

Britain last year submitted a request to extradite Hashem Abedi after the bombing at an Ariana Grande pop concert in May 2017 in which 22 people – many of them young pop fans – were killed.

Police stated in the aftermath of the bombing that Hashem was being treated as a suspect in relation to the preparation and planning of the attack.

He has been formally charged with 22 counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy to cause an explosion.

The Abedi family, originally from Libya, had fled to the UK during the Gaddafi dictatorship, but the brothers returned to the country along with their father, who volunteered to fight with opposition forces when the uprising began in 2011.

Hashem, who is the youngest brother, is now believed to be in custody after being captured by a Libyan militia group.

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