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A man arrested in connection with a home-made explosive found near a mosque has been released on bail.
The 75-year-old had been arrested after a device exploded outside the mosque in Walsall.
The home of a 75-year-old man is being searched by police after an explosive device was found near to a Walsall mosque last week.
The pensioner was arrested today on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property, as part of an investigation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. He is now being questioned by detectives.
Police received reports of a suspicious item at the Aisha mosque in Rutter Street, Walsall on June 22. Witnesses say the device exploded outside the perimeter building on Friday night but not realising the significance of the “loud bang", they did not report it to police.
It was only when a member of the public recovered the debris and took it inside the mosque the following day, the police were contacted.
A 75-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property after a homemade explosive was found near to a mosque in Walsall last weekend, West Midlands Police said.
Counter-terror police are helping with a major hate crime investigation after a small home-made bomb exploded near a mosque. 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.
Police have stepped up patrols in Walsall to reassure the community, despite believing the planting of the device was an isolated incident.
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 confirmed the suspicious package found at a Walsall mosque was a home-made explosive device:
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".