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Racist student admits murder

Ukrainian postgraduate student Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of 82-year-old grandfather Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in April and plotting to cause explosions near mosques in the West Midlands.

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Student packed hundreds of nails in mosque bomb

Ukrainian student Pavlo Lapshyn packed hundreds of nails into a bomb he planted near a mosque in Tipton.

Pavlo Lapshyn packed hundreds of nails in bomb. Credit: West Midlands Police

The device was the most powerful of the three he planted and could exploded only an hour before Ramadan worshippers were set to begin prayers at the mosque.

No one was injured by any of the explosions.

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