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Fraudster pal of Manchester Arena bombers admits helping them buy chemicals through his bank account

The Sun


A FRAUDSTER pal of the Manchester Arena bombers yesterday admitted helping them buy chemicals for the explosive through his bank account.

But Yahya Werfalli, 25, claims he was duped into letting Salman Abedi buy 25 litres of hydrogen peroxide on March 22, 2017.

Abedi used it to murder 22 at the Ariana Grande concert two months later.

Anthony Barraclough, for Werfalli, said he thought Salman, 22, and brother Hashem were buying phones off Amazon in a “stolen card” scam.

He claims they “picked on him” because he had a cannabis habit and needed cash.

Werfalli, of Manchester, admitted fraud at the city’s magistrates’ court.

He will be sentenced at crown court next month.

District judge Jack McGarva told him: “You may not have known what the two were planning . . . but you were happy to engage in fraud.”

Manchester Arena security guard Kyle Lawler didn’t approach Salman Abedi over fears he’d be branded ‘racist’

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