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Walsall and Tipton mosque blasts: Police given extra week to quiz suspects

Police cordon in Small Heath
Image caption Police cordoned off an area in Small Heath, Birmingham following the arrests

Police have been given an extra seven days to question two men over blasts near three West Midlands mosques.

They were arrested under the Terrorism Act in Small Heath, Birmingham on Thursday in relation to explosions close to mosques in Walsall and Tipton.

The Ukrainian men, aged 25 and 22, are being held on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Traces of an explosion and debris were found in Wolverhampton on Thursday.

The custody extension was granted at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Fantastic support

Police said the "seat of an explosion and debris" were found on a roundabout near the Wolverhampton Central Mosque on Thursday evening.

Officers believe the debris came from a device that exploded on the Fiveways roundabout at about 09:15 BST on 28 June.

Police appealed for people who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously near the roundabout on the night of 27 June or the following day to come forward.

A "loud bang" was heard near a mosque in Walsall on 21 June while another explosion happened near Kanzul Iman Masjid mosque in Tipton on 12 July.

Assistant chief constable Marcus Beale of West Midlands Police, said: "We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the three explosions and are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around these dates to contact us.

"The support of all communities has been fantastic with wider faith communities coming together to show solidarity."

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