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The Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, Shabana Mahmood, said an arrest in connection with the murder of local pensioner Mohammed Saleem is a "significant step" towards "getting justice".
A 25-year-old man being questioned over explosions at three mosques in Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton has been arrested in relation to what police are calling "a further act of terrorism".
He is being held in connection with the murder of 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry, who was stabbed three times in the back as he walked home from a mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham in April.
ITV News reporter Helen Callaghan reports:
A 25-year-old man being questioned over explosions at three mosques in Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton has been arrested in relation to "a further act of terrorism" in connection with the murder of pensioner Mohammed Saleem, West Midlands Police has said.
Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry, 82, was stabbed three times in the back as he walked home from a mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham in April.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, of West Midlands Police, said: "The murder of Mohammed Saleem now forms part of the wider West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit Investigation."
Counter terrorism officers have today been given an extra week to question two Ukrainian men in connection with three explosions near to mosques across the West Midlands.
The extension was granted this morning by Westminster Magistrates Court.
The 25 and 22-year-old were arrested in Small Heath, Birmingham, on Thursday and are suspected of involvement in explosions near mosques in Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton.
Two men arrested under the Terrorism Act over an explosion near a mosque in Walsall are also being questioned over a separate blast at a mosque in Tipton which scattered debris including nails around the area, West Midlands Police.
Two Eastern European men have been arrested in connection with the explosion near Aisha Mosque in Walsall last month.
The 25-year-old and 22-year-old were arrested just before 3pm today.
Police are searching an area of Talbot Way in Small Heath and as a precaution homes have been evacuated.