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Libya says Manchester Arena bomber's brother will be extradited this year

The Manchester Arena terror attack killed 22 people. Credit: PA

Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, will be extradited to the UK before the end of the year, the Libyan prime minister has revealed.

Mr Fayez al-Sarraj said it was "only a matter of time" before Libyan officials working with British authorities completed the move.

"I think from here to the end of this year we will finish all the legal procedures in Libya," he told the BBC in Italy.

Fayez Al Sarraj said the delay in Hashem Abedi's extradition was due to the legal process

Mr Sarraj denied Libya had delayed Mr Abedi's extradition and said legal procedures were reaching their conclusion.

We are fully cooperating because we understand the suffering of the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.

According to the general prosecutor we can extradite. After we complete the legal process in Libya, it is only a matter of time.

– Mr Fayez al-Sarraj
As well as the 22 dead, 16 people suffered serious injuries. Credit: PA

Hashem Abedi is the younger brother of Salman Abedi who detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 last year.

He has been in custody in Libya since the blast and subject to a request for extradition by British authorities since November last year.

Greater Manchester Police want to arrest him for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion.