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London terrorist’s ‘family claimed £2k-a-month benefits while living abroad – and taxpayer cash used to buy bomb’
BOMB PLOT Manchester terrorist’s ‘family claimed £2k-a-month benefits while living abroad – and taxpayer cash used to buy bomb’
By Thomas Burrows - The Sun
THE FAMILY of Manchester Arena terrorist Salman Abedi claimed thousands of pounds a month in benefits, a court was told today.
A jury heard that some of that money was used in the bomb plot that killed 22 people.
Mum-of-six Samia Abedi continued to receive more than £2,000 each month in welfare payments, even after leaving the country for Libya.
In the months following her departure in October 2016, benefits continued to be paid and in the run up to the attack her bank account was accessed to buy a large £300 industrial sized battery and other alleged bomb making equipment from B&Q, the court heard.
Mrs Abedi has three younger children and three older sons, Ismail, Salman - the suicide bomber, and Hashem, now aged 22, who denies involvement in helping prepare and plan the attack.
The jury was shown Samia Abedi's bank statements detailing monthly income payments of £692.32 housing benefit from Manchester City Council along with weekly payments of £302.76 working and child tax credit and £61.80 child benefit, giving a monthly income of £2,147.