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Suspect detained at secure unit

A suspect arrested following the stabbing death of a Pakistani man in Belfast is being detained using mental health legislation, police said.

The 32-year-old from Somalia was transferred to a secure medical facility in Greater Belfast.

The victim, Mohsin Bhatti, 29, was attacked on the popular shopping street of Botanic Avenue close to his home and police believe he may have been involved in an altercation in a nearby flat that spilled outside.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detective chief inspector Richard Campbell said: "A 32-year-old Somalian man arrested yesterday as part of the investigation into the murder has been transferred from police custody to a secure medical facility in Greater Belfast.

"He is being detained there under the Mental Health Order."

The victim was found dead with multiple stab wounds shortly after 5am yesterday morning.

Two knives were recovered at the scene. The suspect sustained minor injuries, police said.

Botanic Avenue links Queen's University and the city centre, and its shops, coffee houses, eateries and bars draw students and shoppers every day.

But it was almost deserted after police sealed off the area to enable forensic investigators to examine the scene at the corner of Cameron Street.

The usually busy Botanic rail station was closed, with trains not stopping to collect or drop off passengers.

Mr Bhatti lived in nearby India Street.

Investigators appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

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