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West Midlands Police says its investigation is 'continuing' this morning after a home-made explosive device was found near a Walsall mosque.
Residents in the Caldmore area heard a loud bang on Friday.
Around 150 people had to be evacuated from their homes on Saturday night whilst the device was made safe.
Counter-terror police have been drafted in to help with a major hate crime investigation after a small home-made bomb exploded near a mosque in Walsall.
Around 150 people were evacuated from their homes in the Caldmore area of Walsall on Saturday night while bomb disposal experts made the device safe.
West Midlands Police said a loud bang heard by residents late on Friday "appeared to be consistent" with the device exploding. No one was injured and it caused minimal damage.
West Midlands Police said it is taking the home-made explosive device found at a Walsall mosque "very seriously" and that a "major investigation" is underway.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe said she has called in support "from all over the force", including the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.
She said: "At this stage we are keeping an open mind on a motive, but have recorded it as a hate crime.
"A hate crime is any criminal act committed against a person or property that is motivated by the offender’s hatred of people because of their gender, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
“If there is anyone who heard the bang on Friday evening, or saw suspicious activity on Friday or Saturday, who could help the investigation, I would urge them to come forward as soon as possible".
West Midlands Police has confirmed that the suspicious package found at a mosque in Walsall is a bomb.
West Midlands Police have confirmed that an item found by a mosque in Walsall has been 'made safe' and is being examined by technical experts.
West Midland Police have confirmed they are treating the discovery of a suspicious item near a mosque in Walsall as a hate crime.
Superintendant Keith Fraser said "the incident was being treated as hate crime but the motive for placing the item near a mosque remained unclear".