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.

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Bomb police bail 75-year-old

A 75-year-old man 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 has been released on bail, West Midlands Police said.