Walsall mosque bomb: pensioner arrested

Detectives from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit have arrested a 75-year-old man after a home-made explosive was found near to a Walsall mosque.

The man was arrested at his home in Walsall at 4:30pm today on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property.

The investigation into the bomb began on Saturday when police were called to reports of a suspicious item at the Aisha mosque in Rutter Street, Walsall.

Witnesses say the device exploded outside the mosque on Friday night. Despite a 'loud bang', nobody reported the explosion.

The next day debris was brought inside the mosque and the police were alerted.The man has been taken to a police station in the West Midlands where he is being questioned by detectives. His home address is being searched as part of the investigation.

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Mosque bomb: man arrested

Detectives from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit have today arrested a pensioner after a home-made explosive was found near to a Walsall mosque.