Several people injured in series of stab wounds in England

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Several people were injured in late evening stab wounds in a bustling nightlife area in the city of Birmingham in central England, police said. They said it was too early to determine the motive.West Midlands Police said officers were called to reports of a stabbing in the town center shortly after midnight on Sunday. This was quickly followed by reports of further stabbing in the area.

“We are aware of a number of people injured, but at the moment we are not able to say how many or how severe,” the force said. “Work is still in progress to establish what happened. ”

Police cordoned off an area of ​​the city center full of bars and nightclubs. Witnesses said they were busy on Saturday night with many people eating and drinking outside.

Cara Curran, an organizer of the club, said she saw several people fighting in the streets.

“It was a group of boys against another group of boys,” she told the BBC, adding that “racist slurs” were being launched.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said it was “a very serious incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families ”.

He said he had no information to suggest the stabbings were linked to terrorism.

Emergency services were on the scene to ensure the injured received medical attention. Police said the response would continue “for a while” and urged people to stay away from the area.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street urged people “not to speculate on the incident” and to “remain calm but vigilant”.

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