New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: At least one person was killed while seven other sustained injuries in a series of stabbings in Birmingham city centre on Sunday, West Midlands Police said. The police said that it was alerted about a stabbing incident at around 00:30 BST. Soon after, several other stabbings were reported from the area and police declared a "major incident". The West Midlands Police has launched a murder investigation into the incident.

"We can now confirm that we have launched a murder investigation following last night's events. A man has died and another man and a woman have suffered serious injuries. Five others have also been injured," the West Midlands Police said in a statement put out on Twitter.

The police said that the stabbing incidents were linked to each other and efforts were on to find the accused.

 

"We believe the incidents, which took place between 12:30am and 2:20am, are linked and we’re doing all we can to find whoever was responsible. Detectives are following a number of lines of enquiry and we’ve increased our uniformed and armed response in the city," the police said.

The police have also urged people, who witnessed anything or who has any CCTV or mobile phone recording, to contact them as soon as possible.

 

Chief Superintendent Steve Graham termed the stabbing incidents "tragic, shocking and understandably frightening."

Earlier in the day, the police said that emergency services were rushed to the spot to ensure the injured receive immediate medical help. The police urged people to remain calm and advised them to stay away from the Birmingham city centre area.

"We would urge you to remain calm (but vigilant) and to stay away from the area. To keep updated on what is happening please follow the @wmpolice twitter account," it added.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma