27-year-old man arrested for knife attacks in Birmingham

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The police did not reveal his identity. He is suspected of stabbing one person to death and seriously injuring two others.

British police on Monday arrested a 27 year old man, suspected of having stabbed one person to death and seriously injured two others, this weekend in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.

“We arrested a man suspected of murder and of seven assassination attempts in a series of knife attacks in Birmingham,” announced police in Birmingham. West Midlands.

According to the first findings of the investigation, the attacks were perpetrated randomly.

A 23-year-old man died and another man and a woman, 19 and 32 years old respectively, were seriously injured and they are hospitalized in critical condition. Five other people, ages 23 to 33, received minor injuries.

The attacks occurred on the night of Saturday to Sunday between 00:30 and 02:20 local in various points of this city in central England.

According to early research, nothing allows you to think for the moment in the “terrorist” hypothesis or in that of a hate crime, nor in a conflict between gangs, as initially thought.

Police released images of the suspect on Sunday, a young black race, hooded and dressed in dark pants, captured by surveillance cameras and has already received “several responses.”

“One of these clues led us to the neighborhood of Selly Oak where a man was detained “at around 4:00 am on Monday, police said.

None of the victims of the assault had a relationship with gangs, and the people attacked appear to have been chosen “at random”, specified the person in charge.

A witness, Savvas Sfrantzis, owner of a grill restaurant, declared to have seen how a woman was stabbed multiple times.

He reported that the aggressor had a “small knife, not a very big one, and stabbed her in the neck“He described a ‘very cold’ assailant who quietly walked away with a smile” while several people tried to follow him to stop him.

The police were criticized for failing to arrest the attacker, who had time to commit several attacks in different neighborhoods, many of them with numerous bars and restaurants that were very popular on the night from Saturday to Sunday.

“The streets were packed (…) and it seems that he was able to get among the people and go unnoticed “, explained on Monday morning the head of the local police, David Jamieson, on the television network Sky News.” There will be a full investigation to find out why and how this could have happened “he added.

Birmingham, with one million inhabitants, is one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities. A few years ago it was marked by an explosion of gang violence.

On June 20, three men were killed with a knife in a park in Reading, a city west of London. The investigation is in the hands of the antiterrorist police.

The suspect Khairi Saadallah |, a 25-year-old Libyan refugee, was charged with three murders and three attempted murders. According to his family, he suffered from mental problems due to the civil war in Libya.

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