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.
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.