One dead and several seriously injured in stabbings in the city of Birmingham, England

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A series of late-night stabbings occurred in the city of Birmingham, England, and left one man dead and seven others seriously injured. The first attack took place in Constitution Hill, to the north of the city center, before further attacks in Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street. Police responded shortly after midnight Sunday. About 14 ambulances were sent to Birmingham city center from around midnight. Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said “there is absolutely no suggestion at all that this is terror-related.” He said said there was no suggestion the crime was “motivated by hate,” even if the site of one attack is in the city’s Gay Village.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was “a very serious incident” and urged people in the city to remain “very vigilant.” Police said they are still hunting a single suspect. A reporter said the stabbings appear to have been spurred “by a major fight between large groups of people” in an area of Birmingham known for its busy night life. No arrests have been made. No links had been found between the victims. A knife was recovered by police from a drain at the scene, although it is not known if it was used in the attacks. Boris Johnson thanked the emergency services and said his thoughts were with anyone affected by the “terrible incident.”