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Birmingham church stabbing leaves three hurt

Rocky Lane, Aston
Image caption The stabbings happened at a church on Rocky Lane in Aston

Three people have been injured in a stabbing inside a church in Birmingham.

A 33-year-old man is being treated in hospital after he was knifed at the New Jerusalem Apostolic Church, in Aston, at about 10:50 BST.

He is in a stable condition and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. A 46-year-old man is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

The other two people suffered hand injuries as they tried to restrain the knifeman, West Midlands Police said.

Early indications suggested the offender and victim knew each other and it was a targeted attack, the force added.

In a statement on Facebook, the church said three members of its congregation were injured.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, it said.

The church said: "At this time we are restricting hospital visits to family only and we will keep you updated as regularly as possible.

"We would like to thank all of our members and friends that were with us this morning for your cooperation, bravery and support and thank everyone else for your prayers."

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