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Manchester Bomber’s Brother Admits IS Membership

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MANCHESTER (BRITAIN), May 23, 2017 (Xinhua) -- People attend a candlelit vigil to mourn the victims of Manchester terror attack at Albert Square in Manchester, Britain on May 23, 2017. On Monday night, a suicide terror attack took place at Manchester Arena at the end of a pop concert, killing at least 22 people, several of whom were children, while injuring 59 others. (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) by .
People attend a candlelit vigil to mourn the victims of Manchester terror attack at Albert Square in Manchester, Britain (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

Libyan anti-terror police said they arrested the younger brother of Salman Abedi, the suspected Manchester Arena suicide bomber, who allegedly told them they were both members of the Islamic State jihadist group….reports Asian Lite News

MANCHESTER (BRITAIN), May 23, 2017 (Xinhua) -- People attend a candlelit vigil to mourn the victims of Manchester terror attack at Albert Square in Manchester, Britain on May 23, 2017. On Monday night, a suicide terror attack took place at Manchester Arena at the end of a pop concert, killing at least 22 people, several of whom were children, while injuring 59 others. (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) by .
People attend a candlelit vigil to mourn the victims of Manchester terror attack at Albert Square in Manchester, Britain (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

Hashem Abedi, 20, was held in the Libyan capital late on Tuesday, the country’s anti-terror police said in a Facebook post.

The suspect said he left Britain on April 16 and after that date, had been in constant contact with his brother, police said.

Hashem received 4,000 Libyan dinars ($3,260) from 22-year-old Salman before he allegedly blew himself up at the Manchester Arena on Monday after a concert by US singer Arena Grande, killing 22 people and injuring 64.

IS took credit for the attack, although the claim has not been verified.

Britain-born Abedi has “proven” links with Islamic State, according to France’s Interior Minister.

Police arrested 23-year-old brother Isamail Abedi – Salman’s older brother – in Manchester on Tuesday.

The Abedis’ parents are Libyan-born refugees who fled to Britain to escape ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi but have since returned to their homeland.