Explosion at Midlands mosque

Two people are being questioned by police after evidence of an explosion and debris was found at a mosque in Wolverhampton.

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Police issue new appeal for witnesses to mosque bombs

Police have issued a new appeal for witnesses to the mosque bomb blasts as they continue to question two men in connection with the attacks.

There have been three bombs left at mosques in the Black Country.

We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the three explosions and are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact us.

We do not underestimate the impact this will have on communities across the West Midlands.

The support of all communities has been fantastic with wider faith communities coming together to show solidarity.

– Marcus Beale, Assistant Chief Constable, West Midlands Police

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.

General view of Wolverhampton Central Mosque.
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.

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Wolverhampton mosque explosion confirmed

Police have confirmed they have found evidence of an explosion and debris near a mosque in Wolverhampton.

The debris was found on Fiveways roundabout which has been declared safe. A forensics team will remain at the site today.

Nothing was found at the Wolverhampton central mosque on Waterloo Road which has now been re-opened.

Read the reaction from community members following the mosque's evacuation.

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Police: Cordons in place into tomorrow

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WOLVERHAMPTON: Area around Five Ways island still cordoned off. Enquiries will continue into tomorrow morning.

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We would like to thank those affected by tonight's searches and ongoing investigation for their patience, understanding and support.

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Police evacuate Wolverhampton Central Mosque

Wolverhampton Central Mosque has been evacuated as part of a security alert into attacks on mosques in the local area. In a statement, police said:

As a result of urgent enquiries underway as part of the investigation into the attacks near mosques in Walsall and Tipton, information has been received regarding a possible device activation on 28 June at Wolverhampton Central Mosque, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton.

This new information has resulted in an evacuation of the mosque and the surrounding area at around 8 pm this evening (Thursday 18 July). This measure is in place to ensure the absolute safety and security of our communities.

A number of specialist and local police officers are at the scene and a military bomb disposal team is en route.

A number of road closures are in place.