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Boy stabbed to death in case of mistaken identity, police believe

Muhammad Hassam Ali, 17, who died from his injuries after he was stabbed in Victoria Square, Birmingham, on Saturday
Muhammad Hassam Ali, 17, who died from his injuries after he was stabbed in Victoria Square, Birmingham, on Saturday - West Midlands Police/PA

A teenage boy who was stabbed to death in broad daylight in Birmingham may have been killed in a case of mistaken identity, police believe.

Muhammad Hassam Ali, 17, was attacked in the city centre on Saturday afternoon.

West Midlands Police said its officers were called to Victoria Square after the teenager was found seriously injured. He was rushed to hospital, but later died.

A murder investigation is under way, but no arrests have yet been made.

Victoria Square, Birmingham, where the stabbing took place
Victoria Square, Birmingham, where the stabbing took place - Stop Press Media / Alamy Live News/Alamy

Detective Inspector Michelle Thurgood, from the West Midlands Police homicide team, said: “This is a tragic case of a young man being killed in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

“We are still trying to establish the motive and are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area just before 3.30pm yesterday.

“We are especially looking for any photos or video footage from the surrounding area which may help us identify those responsible.

“If you were walking through the area at the time, or a visitor who may have been taking pictures by The River statue near the Council House, we would like to hear from you as you may have vital information or evidence.”

A cordon put in place around the crime scene has now been lifted, but the force said a “highly visible police presence” will remain in the area.

Chief Inspector James Spencer said: “The life of a 17-year-old boy has tragically been taken away and all our thoughts are with his family and friends at this awful time.”

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