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Men held in death probe questioned

Murder detectives will today continue to question eight men arrested over a violent disturbance in which one person was fatally stabbed and another shot.

Another two men, aged 22 and 25, have also been detained over the incident in Birmingham's Sparkbrook area on Wednesday night but have been receiving medical attention and will be interviewed by officers once declared fit.

Ikram Ullah Khan, 28, who was known locally as Ikram Elahi, died after being stabbed in the neck, while another man was slashed and a third victim shot.

West Midlands Police arrested four of the men - aged 30, 31, 32 and 34 - on suspicion of attempted murder yesterday along with the pair receiving medical attention.

The arrests follow those of another four men, aged between 24 and 27, on suspicion of murder late on Thursday who are still assisting police with their inquiries.

In all ten people have now been detained in connection with the investigation.

Mr Khan was initially reported to have been shot dead but a post-mortem examination established the cause of death was as a result of a single stab wound.

Superintendent Bas Javid said: "The investigation continues and we are working hard to establish the full circumstances of what has happened.

"We appreciate how unsettling this is for the community especially when guns and knives are used.

"We would encourage people not to speculate and again I would reiterate that there is nothing to suggest this will spark any further disorder.

"We remain in close liaison with local communities and we are listening to any concerns they may have as well as keeping them as up to date with the investigation as possible."

Local councillor Mariam Khan paid tribute to the dead man on Twitter, writing: "RIP Ikram Elahi... A life lost over a dispute. Terrible news."


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