A teenager remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was stabbed in the chest following a 30-man brawl in inner-city Birmingham.
The 19-year-old underwent emergency surgery after he staggered to a hospital A&E department with a major wound on Friday evening.
He was attacked in the Malvern Hill Road area of Nechells at around 7.25pm.
Police today said the teenager remained in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
Two men, both aged 20, were later arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and have been bailed with strict condition to appear back at a Birmingham police station in November.
West Midlands Police said a number of 999 calls were received from the area 15 minutes before he arrived at hospital at 7.40pm.
Det Sgt Adam Hicklin, of Force CID, said: “We know this was a targeted stabbing but at the moment we’re not clear on the motive behind the attack.”
“There were up to 30 people on Malvern Hill Road when it happened and a number of vehicles were seen in and around the area.
“We’re very keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything so if you think you might be able to help us please get in touch now on 101.”
Birmingham has been rocked by a string of stabbings in recent weeks.
A passenger was stabbed twice and his mobile phone was stolen in a terrifying robbery on the top deck of a late-night bus as it travelled through Handsworth last Sunday.
In a separate incident, a teenager was charged with murder after Samuel Simret was stabbed to death near the RK Wines off-licence in Summer Lane, close to the junction with Constitution Hill, last month.
Also last month, a teenager was also left fighting for his life after he was stabbed in a late-night attack in Birmingham city centre .
It happened in the Carrs Lane area.
Anyone with information about the Nechells stabbing should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.
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