POLICE have today (Wednesday) released pictures of a man they urgently want to speak to in connection with the attack on the Aisha Mosque in Walsall last month.
The images – released to the public as part of a major investigation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit – show a man, believed to be white, in his 20s or 30s and of slim to medium build.
Parts of a device were recovered from the vicinity of the Rutter Street mosque after worshippers alerted police to suspicious items found nearby. Local residents reported hearing a loud bang shortly before prayers late on the evening of Friday 21 June.
Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit have since been conducting a large and detailed investigation which includes the recovery of many hours of CCTV pictures from the area and beyond.
A 75-year-old man from Walsall arrested on 27 June in connection with this investigation has been eliminated from enquiries and faces no further action.
Detectives urgently need to identify the person in these pictures.
Anyone with any information that could help establish his identity is asked to contact the dedicated hotline 0800 096 1233 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you see this man you are urged not to approach him but to call 999.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale appeals to the public for their assistance:
BREAKING NEWS: Two men arrested in connection with Walsall mosque blast
A 25-YEAR-OLD man and 22-year-old man, both Eastern European, have been arrested in connection with the explosion near Aisha Mosque in Walsall on 21 June.
They were arrested just before 3pm today (Thursday 18 July) and are being questioned by detectives from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.
An area in Talbot Way, Small Heath is being searched and as a precaution there has been an evacuation of a number of properties.
A number of road closures are in place:
– Small Heath Highway at Golden Hillock Road (into city)
– Golden Hillock Road at Small Heath Highway (out of city)
– Coventry Road at Talbot Road
More information will follow shortly. [ENDS]