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At least one person has been killed after multiple stabbings in Birmingham city centre, with seven other people injured.
Police officers set up a cordon at the junction of Hurst Street – a nightlife spot in the city centre – and Bromsgrove Street, near the city's Gay Village, after being called to the area around 12.30am.
West Midlands Police have since launched a murder investigation.
They confirmed that one man has died, while another man and woman have suffered serious injuries.
Five others are also being treated., but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Detectives continue to investigate at several locations in the centre, including Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street.
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said: “The events during the early hours of this morning are tragic, shocking and understandably frightening.
“Please be assured that we are doing absolutely everything we can to find whoever was responsible and try to understand what exactly happened.
“We have well-rehearsed plans for dealing with major incidents. Your safety is always our priority and that’s why you’ll see an increase in officers on the streets.
“In the meantime, we’d ask anyone who’s in the city to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on their website or call 101.
Cara, who works as a club promoter at Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre, told the BBC there were “more and more fights” in clubs near the complex.
She said: "It was one group of boys against another group of boys and it seemed quite targeted."
Cara claims that a lot of people were being kicked out of clubs as police officers filed in, and that she heard racial slurs during the "multicultural night".
She added: "Their body language from leaving the club was like they were prepared for something, they were not just having an argument and then fighting, it was straight into fists being thrown. There was not much talking going on.
"Drinks were being dropped, bottles that they had obviously bought in the club, rings were falling off so jewellery was going everywhere, clothes were being torn.
"One of the males actually ended up with his hair being pulled out and left with a bald patch."
Many people had been seated at outdoor tables eating and drinking on Saturday evening, the BBC reports.
The streets in the area had already been closed to traffic due to coronavirus restrictions.
Officers have urged people to stay away from the area and remain calm.
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