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Sparkbrook murder: 'Shot' man was actually stabbed

Crime scene on Stratford Road
Image caption A witness told the BBC "about 200 to 300 lads" gathered in the area before the killing

A man who police said had been shot dead in Birmingham in fact died from stabbing injuries.

The error was only spotted during a forensic examination of the 28-year-old victim's body which found "no evidence of a gunshot injury".

Two other men were injured - one shot and the other stabbed - during what police think was a fight between two large groups in the Sparkbrook area.

Detectives are quizzing four men on suspicion of murder.

The dead man has been named locally as Ikram Elahi.

Hundreds of 'lads'

Police said they were investigating if Wednesday evening's fight was part of a long-running dispute between two groups.

One witness claimed "about 200 to 300 lads" had gathered in the area around Stratford Road prior to the killing.

Image caption The Junction of Farm Road and Grantham Road remains closed off while police investigate

A 22-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound and a 25-year-old with a "slash" wound were taken to hospital.

The victim with the knife injury remains in a critical condition while the 22-year-old's injuries are not believed to be life threatening, police said.

A man aged 22 who was arrested for possession of a class A drug has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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