Terrific: Manchester terrorist funded bomb plot with taxpayer-provided welfare and student loans

On Saturday, the UK Telegraph reported that Salman Abedi used taxpayer-provided welfare and student loan money to fund the Manchester terror plot that ended up with 22 dead and dozens wounded.

Police believe he received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training, the Telegraph said.

The report adds:

Police are investigating Abedi’s finances, including how he paid for frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a jihadist training camp.

It comes as Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, said detectives had made “immense progress” in dismantling Abedi’s terror network.

Abedi’s finances are a major ‘theme’ of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain’s welfare and student loans system to secure financing.

One former detective said jihadists were enrolling on university courses to collect the student loans “often with no intention of turning up”.

The taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company gave Abedi some £7,000 — just under $9,000 USD — after he started a business administration degree at Salford University in October 2015.  It’s believed he received another £7,000 in the following academic year even though he dropped out of the course.

“Separately,” the Telegraph said, “the Department for Work and Pensions refused to say if Abedi had received any benefits, including housing benefit and income support worth up to £250 a week, during 2015 and 2016. It would only say he was not claiming benefits in the weeks before the attack.”

Nevertheless, the 22-year-old terrorist never held down a job but regularly traveled between the UK and Libya.  Moreover, he had enough money to buy the bomb-making materials while living in a rented house.  Just weeks before the bombing, he rented a second property, paying £700 — just under $900 — in cash.  Worse yet, he rented a third property, withdrew £250 in cash days before the attack and transferred £2,500 to his younger brother in Libya.

In short, British taxpayers funded the terror attack at Manchester Arena.


That’s putting it mildly.

And, Newsweek said, his younger brother knew about the terror attack in advance.

This is what you get with political correctness…

Isn’t it wonderful?


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