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Suspects face further questioning amid mosque attacks

Two men face further questioning today in connection with a series of explosions near mosques in the West Midlands.

Police confirmed they found evidence of an explosion near Wolverhampton Central Mosque. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The pair, both Ukrainian men aged 25 and 22, were arrested under anti-terror laws on Thursday in Small Heath, Birmingham, in relation to recent blasts close to mosques in Walsall and Tipton.

They are being held on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Mosque explosions: Police at suspects' workplace

Two Ukrainian men have been arrested in connection with the mosque explosions Credit: ITV News Central

A bomb disposal team are investigating a software firm in Small Heath where it is believed two men arrested in connection with a series of explosions at mosques in the West Midlands were on work placement.

The bosses of software firm, Delcam, confirmed that the two Ukrainian men, aged 22 and 25, were students on placement there but were not employed by them.

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Small Heath: cordons remain in place overnight

West Midlands Police remain at the scene of searches in Small Heath where two men were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences this evening.

It's part of the investigation into attacks on mosques in Walsall and Tipton.

Search teams have also cordoned off an area around a mosque in Wolverhampton. West Midlands Police say searches will continue tomorrow.

Police release statement over terror arrests

"I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support and the way in which they responded to our appeal.

I appreciate that there is significant disruption whilst experts search and check this area. These road closures are essential to ensure that we keep everyone safe.

Investigations like this are complex and we need to ensure that we obtain every piece of information or forensic evidence possible. This could take some time. What I can say is that we will endeavour to return the local area to normal as quickly as possible."

– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale

Road closures in Small Heath

Army bomb disposal experts are searching an area of Small Heath after terror arrests this afternoon. The following roads are closed.

  • Small Heath Highway at Golden Hillock Road (into city)
  • Golden Hillock Road at Small Heath Highway (out of city)
  • Coventry Road at Talbot Road

Police say there is severe traffic congestion. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area to prevent delays to their journey.

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