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Manchester Arena bomber’s brother ‘tried to buy acid for explosives but was foiled by friend’s dad’


THE Manchester Arena bomber’s brother tried to buy an ingredient for an explosive, a court heard.

But a friend’s dad helped to foil Hashem Abedi, it was claimed.

Older brother Salman Abedi, 22, killed 22 when he detonated a homemade bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

That March, a man bought five litres of sulphuric acid on behalf of “skint” Hashem, the Old ­Bailey was told.

Hashem then allegedly asked a pal to get more, saying it was for a generator battery in Libya.

An Amazon order for £76 of acid was declined due to lack of funds, leading the friend to talk to his dad, the court heard.

The prosecution said the father refused to help — saying the chemical could be used to make explosives.

Jurors were told Hashem later contacted another man who searched the internet for sulphuric acid at a cost of £69.36.

Hashem, 22, originally from Manchester, denies murder, attempted murder and conspiring to cause an explosion.

The trial was adjourned at noon after Hashem said he was in pain and needed medical aid.

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