Slaughter email address linked to Manchester bomber’s brother, court told


From the Express and Star

An email address containing the threat “we have come to slaughter” in Arabic was linked to the Manchester bomber’s brother and used to buy a key ingredient for homemade explosives, a court has heard.

Handwritten scraps of paper bearing the email address [email protected] were found in a bin at the family home of Salman and Hashem Abedi in the aftermath of the attack on May 22 2017, which killed 22 and injured hundreds of others, the Old Bailey was told. Translated, ‘bedabjeana’ means ‘To slaughter we have come’, or ‘We have come to slaughter’.

Hashem, the younger brother, is accused of plotting with 22-year-old Salman, who died in the suicide bombing as concert-goers left the Ariana Grande gig.

The brothers allegedly duped friends and associates into helping to buy components of the explosive TATP, while switching vehicles and phones to ensure their actions went undetected.

They also found an unused address near their home to take delivery of the chemicals ordered on Amazon using others’ bank details and fake emails, it was alleged. On Thursday, prosecutor Duncan Penny QC said the bedab7 email address was created on March 20 2017 while connected to free wifi in the Hulme Market area of south Manchester.

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) data placed a Toyota Aygo bought by Hashem at the scene, it was alleged. The vehicle, bought for £250, was later wrecked in a road crash, allegedly scuppering the brothers’ plans to transport chemicals to a home they were renting in Rusholme, south Manchester.

That address – 44 Lindum Street – was used to order delivery of 30 litres of hydrogen peroxide, one of TATP’s three components. The bedab7 email was used to make the purchase, the court was told.

The court heard that the previous month police stopped Hashem’s friend Mohammed Younis Soliman at Manchester Airport. 

They seized his phone and downloaded data, which linked the purchase of 10 litres of sulphuric acid, Mr Soliman and the Abedis, jurors heard. However, the connection was only made when the data was analysed after the blast.

Mr Penny said acquiring large quantities of chemicals risked raising “awkward questions in even the most gullible people”. The prosecutor said the Abedis therefore began using the Rusholme property in March to take receipt of Amazon deliveries.

A third car, a Nissan Micra, was also in the brothers’ possession for just over 24 hours on April 13/14, the court heard. After the bombing the Micra was found parked up in the Rusholme area of Manchester . . . Inside, police found Hashem’s fingerprints, some bags of screws and nails handled by the defendant and more than 10 litres of sulphuric acid in the boot and traces of TATP,

Jurors were told how both Abedi brothers had visited a B&Q store in Stockport where their mother’s card was used to buy alleged bomb-making tools, including a claw hammer, hacksaw, metal cutters and pliers at the end of March. In April, Salman and Hashem Abedi’s older brother booked them a one-way ticket to Libya with their parents, prompting them to quickly buy the Nissan on Gumtree to store the bomb-making chemicals,

Mr Penny said: “The entire episode smacks of real urgency.” On May 18, just four days before the bombing, Salman returned to the UK alone to finalise his plans,

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