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Duo face extra week of questions over mosque attacks

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.


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Two arrested over Walsall mosque attack

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.

Bomb disposal experts were called to the mosque in Walsall on 21st June Credit: ITV News Central

Police are searching an area of Talbot Way in Small Heath and as a precaution homes have been evacuated.

Police search home after explosive found near mosque

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.

Foresenic officers at the mosque in Walsall. Credit: Press Association

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.


Counter-terror police to probe mosque bomb

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.

Foresenic officers at the mosque in Walsall Credit: Press Association

Police have stepped up patrols in Walsall to reassure the community, despite believing the planting of the device was an isolated incident.

Police are taking mosque device 'very seriously'

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.

Forensic officers search nearby the mosque Walsall where a hand-made explosive device was found. Credit: Matthew Cooper/PA Wire

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".

Walsall mosque package 'home-made explosive device'

West Midlands Police confirmed the suspicious package found at a Walsall mosque was a home-made explosive device:

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Police confirm Mosque package is a bomb

West Midlands Police has confirmed that the suspicious package found at a mosque in Walsall is a bomb.

The force is taking this attack against the mosque very seriously and we have a major investigation underway.

At this stage we are keeping an open mind on a motive, but have recorded it as a hate crime.

– Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, West Midlands Police
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