UK mosque blast was 'terror act'
AN explosion near a mosque in England that police are treating as a terrorist incident is believed to have been an attempt to cause "serious harm".
Counter-terrorism officers launched an investigation after residents heard a bang in Tipton, West Midlands, before nails and other debris were found.
The blast on a disused railway line at the rear of the mosque caused minor damage, and no one was reported hurt.
Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Cann said the inquiry was launched after a bang was heard by neighbours.
He said: "As a result of that our officers attended and arrived very quickly at the scene.
"From what the officers were told, they started to search the area and because they'd been told about the large bang – people had also reported seeing smoke – they started to find nails, which seemed to have been scattered over a wide area."