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We’ve waited too long for answers, says Saffie’s dad

Demands: Andrew Roussos

THE father of the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing spoke of his need to get answers last night, on the second anniversary of the attack.

Inquests into the deaths of the 22 victims have been delayed while authorities await the extradition of Hashem Abedi, the brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, from Libya.

He is wanted in relation to the deaths but was taken into custody in Tripoli shortly after the attack at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.

Andrew Roussos, whose eight-year-old daughter Saffie was the youngest victim of the disaster, told Sky News: ‘We’re all waiting for this inquest so we can voice our anger, our concerns or have answers to our questions.

‘It (the inquests) keeps getting put back and put back and we’re all exploding inside. We need to start the inquests to get the answers we want.’ Survivor Adam Lawler, whose friend Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, was one of the victims, said he wanted to see Hashem face justice.

‘I think the main thing, right now, that would unify a lot of people is bringing him to justice,’ he added.

Grief: Victims remembered PICTURE: GETTY

‘I won’t say his name because he doesn’t deserve the gratification of a name, so bringing him over, putting him to justice in our system, putting him to justice in any system where he cannot harm people, he cannot be allowed to freely walk about.’

An extradition request for Hashem was granted in October 2017 but he has yet to return to the UK.

The inquests are currently expected to take place in April next year.