One killed, seven hurt in late-night stabbings in UK’s Birmingham

LONDON (AP) — A man was killed and seven people injured in late-night stabbings in a busy nightlife area of the central England city of Birmingham, police said yesterday.

Police said they were searching for a lone suspect in what appeared to be random attacks.

Chief Superintendent Steve Graham of West Midlands Police said detectives were still investigating the motive but “there is absolutely no suggestion at all that this is terror-related.”

West Midlands Police said officers were called to reports of a stabbing shortly after midnight on Sunday. That was soon followed by reports of other stabbings across the city centre over a period of about two hours.

Police said they believed the stabbings were linked and had launched a murder investigation.

Graham said two of the seven injured people, a man and a woman, were in critical condition in hospitals. Five others received “relatively minor” injuries. Police cordoned off an area in the centre of the city nightlife. Witnesses said they were busy on Saturday night, with many people eating at outdoor tables. More cordons and blue forensic tents were set up about half a mile away, near the city’s Snow Hill train station.