- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Police say Salman Abedi, the terrorist who targeted mostly women and children at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, used government dole-outs and low-interest education loan dollars to fund his suicide bomb plot.

Abedi had thousands of British pounds in his possession before the terror hit; police now investigating his finances say he obtained that money through government assistance programs.

Layman’s: Taxpayers paid for the terror.

What’s even more egregious is that authorities think Abedi was able to receive the government pay-outs even while he was out-of-country, in Libya.

Layman’s: Taxpayers paid for the terror training.

Unbelievable. Here’s how Breitbart notes it: “The report claims Abedi collected [thousands of pounds] from the UK government owned and run Student Loans Company in 2015 when commencing a course at Salford, which he dropped out of shortly after. Despite not continuing with studies, the Libyan heritage British passport holder received another [thousands of pounds] installment of his student loans the following year.”

Loan recipients don’t have to repay until they bring in a certain level of income. And the system is rife with deadbeats. Roughly two-thirds of students in the United Kingdom will probably never earn enough money to repay their loans.

So the fact Abedi continued to receive, and there was no pressure to repay, is not uncommon.

This is a terrorist’s dream come true.

Easy financing — no accountability. And the taxpayers who finance the terror? Very likely, they have no clue.

Abedi, for his part, used at least some of his taxpayer money to rent three properties in Manchester, buy bomb-making items and travel abroad. All this, authorities said — while never actually holding a job.

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