Manchester attack: Brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi 'released without charge'

A total of 18 people were arrested and ten men remain in custody

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The Independent Online

The brother of the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi has been released without charge by police.

Ismail Abedi, 24, was arrested in Whalley Range, Manchester, a day after the May terror attack on Manchester Arena which killed 22 people including children.

A total of 18 people were arrested after Abedi detonated a homemade suicide bomb in the foyer of an Ariane Grande concert. 

Ten men remain in custody in connection with the attack. Another eight people have been released without charge.

News of Ismail's release comes just days after two of Abedi's cousins were also released without charge. 

Isaac and Abz Forjani were arrested during police searches in Fallowfield and spoke of their shock at discovering Abedi's “secret” radicalisation. Their younger brother Alharth remains in custody. 

“We’re letting it sink in slowly,” Isaac, 24, told the BBC. “It's not easy being connected to 22 lost, innocent lives.

“The fact that the person that did this is related to us by blood is something that's going to stay with me for the rest of my life.

“My thoughts are with the families of the victims. I really do feel for them."