Counter-terror police are probing a suspected nail bomb which exploded near to a mosque just hours after the funeral of murdered soldier Lee Rigby. Officers were called to Tipton, in the West Midlands, at 1:06pm this afternoon after residents reported hearing a loud bang. Nails and other debris were found in the area but no injuries were reported, West Midlands Police said.
UK MIRROR (h/t Colin W) The loud bang was reported near the Kanz-ul-Iman Muslim Welfare Association Central Jamia Mosque in Binfield Street, the councillors said.
“A cordon has been set up and the immediate area is being evacuated as a precautionary measure while police investigate what caused it. “Some residents have reported finding debris in the area and finding nails. This is being investigated by forensic officers at the scene.”
The explosion comes less than a month after another blast near to a mosque in the Caldmore area of Walsall on June 21. The remains of a home-made explosive device were found on June 22 in an alleyway adjoining the Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre in Rutter Street, Caldmore. The earlier incident, in which no-one was injured, forced the overnight evacuation of around 150 people from their homes in the surrounding area.
The explosion in Tipton came on the day that murdered soldier Lee Rigby was remembered at a private funeral service in Bury, Greater Manchester. “The explosion has gone off on the disused railway line behind the mosque,” she said.
“The whole estate has been blocked off. People are surprised that something like this has happened.” (Seriously?)