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'We have come to slaughter' email was used to buy chemicals before Manchester Arena bombing

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
File photo dated 23/05/17 of the scene close to the Manchester Arena the morning after the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert. Hashem Abedi, brother of the Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi, is due to go on trial this week for mass murder.

An email address bearing the words “we have come to slaughter” in Arabic was used to buy chemicals on Amazon before the Manchester Arena bombing, a court has heard.

Handwritten scraps of paper bearing the email address bedab7jeana@gmail.com were found torn into pieces, at the family home of Salman and Hashem Abedi following the attack on 22 May 2017, the Old Bailey was told on Thursday.

The blast killed 22 and injured hundreds of others.

Hashem Abedi, the brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi (Force for Deterrence in Libya/PA)

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

The defendant, also now 22, denies prosecution allegations that he is “equally guilty” of the atrocity by stockpiling chemicals at a makeshift bomb-making base in north Manchester.

Prosecutors also say he sourced screws and nails for shrapnel.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC said the bedab7jeanna email address was created on 20 March 2017, two months before the blast, while connected to publicly available wifi in the Hulme Market area of south Manchester.

Court artist sketch of Hashem Abedi, younger brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, in the dock at the Old Bailey in London accused of mass murder (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

Automatic number plate recognition data placed a Toyota car linked to Hashem Abedi to the scene, it was alleged.

Mr Penny said: “After the explosion, the same email address was found on handwritten torn-up pieces of paper in one of the bins at the Elsmore Road address.

“Translated, ‘bedabjeana’ means ‘To slaughter we have come’, or ‘We have come to slaughter’.”

Hashem, originally from Manchester, denies the murder of 22 men, women and children aged between eight and 51.

The 22 victims of the terror attack during the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017. (top row left to right) Off-duty police officer Elaine McIver, 43, Saffie Roussos, 8, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, (second row left to right) Nell Jones, 14, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, Megan Hurley, 15, Georgina Callander, 18, (third row left to right), Chloe Rutherford,17, Liam Curry, 19, Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, (fourth row left to right) John Atkinson, 26, Martyn Hett, 29, Kelly Brewster, 32, Angelika Klis, 39, (fifth row left to right) Marcin Klis, 42, Michelle Kiss, 45, Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 43 (fifth row left to right) Wendy Fawell, 50 and Jane Tweddle, 51. (Greater Manchester Police)

He also denies attempted murder and conspiring with his brother to cause explosions.

The 22 people who were killed were: off-duty police officer Elaine McIver, 43, Saffie Roussos, eight, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, Nell Jones, 14, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, Megan Hurley, 15, Georgina Callander, 18, Chloe Rutherford, 17, Liam Curry, 19, Courtney Boyle, 19, Philip Tron, 32, John Atkinson, 28, Martyn Hett, 29, Kelly Brewster, 32, Angelika Klis, 39, Marcin Klis, 42, Michelle Kiss, 45, Alison Howe, 44, Lisa Lees, 43, Wendy Fawell, 50, and Jane Tweddle, 51.

The trial continues.

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