LONDON (AP) — A white supremacist Ukrainian student has pleaded guilty to murdering an 82-year-old Muslim man and plotting a terrorist bombing campaign against mosques in central England.
Pavlo Lapshyn admitted murdering Mohammed Saleem, who was stabbed to death as he walked home from a mosque in the city of Birmingham in April.
Lapshyn also pleaded guilty Monday to leaving home-made bombs outside three mosques near Birmingham in June and July. They exploded, but no one was injured.
Police said the 25-year-old, who was in Britain on a work placement, was motivated by racism and a desire to stir up racial tension.
The explosions came amid heightened tensions after the death of Lee Rigby, a British soldier who was killed by alleged Islamic extremists on a London street in May.