Ukrainian man murdered Muslim, planted mosque bombs in Britain

A self-confessed racist Ukrainianstudent studying in Britain pleaded guilty on Monday tomurdering an elderly Muslim man and planting explosive devicesoutside mosques in central England as part of a one-man hatecampaign.

Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, arrived in Britain in April to study andwork in Birmingham but within days he stabbed to death82-year-old Mohammed Saleem as he walked home from a mosque.

Weeks later he planted bombs which exploded near mosques inWalsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton in the west Midlands. No onewas injured in the blasts.

Police said on Monday that chemicals and bomb-makingequipment were found at Lapshyn's home following his arrest inJuly, suggesting further attacks would have followed.

"He wanted to stir up racial tension, racial hatred," saidDetective Superintendent Shaun Edwards of West Midlands police.

"He said he murdered (Saleem) because he wasn't white."

Attacks on British Muslims and Islamic institutions haverisen following the murder of a British soldier on the street inWoolwich, south London, in May, which prompted demonstrationsorganised by far-right and anti-Islamic groups.

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