A self-confessed racist Ukrainian
student studying in Britain pleaded guilty on Monday to
murdering an elderly Muslim man and planting explosive devices
outside mosques in central England as part of a one-man hate
Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, arrived in Britain in April to study and
work in Birmingham but within days he stabbed to death
82-year-old Mohammed Saleem as he walked home from a mosque.
Weeks later he planted bombs which exploded near mosques in
in the west Midlands. No one
was injured in the blasts.
Police said on Monday that chemicals and bomb-making
equipment were found at Lapshyn's home following his arrest in
July, suggesting further attacks would have followed.
"He wanted to stir up racial tension, racial hatred," said
Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards
of West Midlands police
"He said he murdered (Saleem) because he wasn't white."
Attacks on British Muslims and Islamic institutions have
risen following the murder of a British soldier on the street in
Woolwich, south London
, in May, which prompted demonstrations
organised by far-right and anti-Islamic groups.