Ukrainian arrested over U.K. murder

AFP-JIJI

British counterterrorism police Saturday arrested a Ukrainian man who is suspected of involvement in bombings at several mosques over the separate murder of an elderly Muslim man.

Mohammed Saleem, 75, was stabbed to death on April 29 in Birmingham, central England, as he was on his way home from a mosque.

West Midlands Police said a 25-year-old Ukrainian man who was already in custody was arrested Saturday over Saleem’s murder.

The killing, which was first treated as a racist murder but then unexplained, is now being treated as an “act of terrorism” and part of a wider counterterrorism investigation, the force said.

The suspect and another Ukrainian aged 22 were initially detained by police Thursday as part of an investigation into explosions near mosques in the nearby towns of Tipton, Walsall and Wolverhampton.