Ukrainian in court over mosque bombs

A Ukrainian man charged over three mosque bombings in the West Midlands and the "terrorist-related" murder of an elderly Muslim man is due to appear in court Thursday.

Pavlo Lapshyn, a postgraduate student from the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, was arrested last week as part of an investigation into the explosions.

He was later charged with the murder of 82-year-old grandfather Mohammed Saleem, who was stabbed in the back in Birmingham on April 29 as he walked home from prayers.

The 25-year-old was also charged with carrying out a series of acts with the intention to commit acts of terrorism, when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

These charges relate to three explosions in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton in the last month.

The charges include allegedly buying items including batteries, a lunch bag and a clock as part of the construction of an explosive device.

A second Ukrainian man arrested in connection with the mosque bombings has been released without charge.

Lapshyn came to Britain to complete a work placement at a software company in Birmingham, police said.