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."
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.
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.