– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, West Midlands Police
The murder of Mohammed Saleem now forms part of the wider West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit inquiry and will be thoroughly investigated.
I appreciate that there has been significant disruption whilst experts search each of the affected locations, but equally I hope that people understand the need to both ensure public safety whilst conducting a thorough investigation.
Police are continuing to investigate an industrial unit off Talbot Way in Small Heath, Birmingham, in connection with a number of terror explosions outside mosques across the West Midlands and the murder of a 75 year-old man in April.
A 25 year-old Ukrainian man was arrested last week following the explosions in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton in the last month.
He was then further arrested this weekend on suspicion of the murder of Mohammed Saleem in April.
A 22 year-old Ukrainian man had been arrested and released without charge. He is now helping the police with their investigation.
West Midlands Police say they are questioning one of the men they have arrested in connection with the Black Country mosque bomb attacks about the death of Mohammed Saleem.
It was the end of April when Mr Saleem was killed as he walked home from evening prayers in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.
The 75-year-old had been stabbed three times in the back.
Late last week officers arrested two men - a 25-year-old and 22-year-old from the Ukraine about the explosions near mosques in Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton.
On July 21st a court in London gave counter terrorism officers a further week to hold the two men.
Now the 25-year-old is also being questioned about Mr Saleem's murder - which police are calling a further act of terrorism. Mr Saleem's family have been told of the development.
Karen Griggs reports.
A 25-year-old man from Ukraine remains in custody today in connection with the murder of Mohammed Saleem in Small Heath at the end of April.
He was already under arrest as part of the ongoing counter terrorism investigation into explosions near mosques in Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton.
Mr Saleem was walking home from evening prayers in Small Heath in Birmingham on Monday 29 April.
As part of the police counter terrorism investigation into explosions near mosques in Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton, one of the people in custody, a 25 year-old man from Ukraine, has been arrested in connection with Mr Saleem's murder.
– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale
The murder of Mohammed Saleem now forms part of the wider West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit Investigation."