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Yardley stabbing: More time to quiz teen suspects

Police searching Oaklands Park, Yardley, near the scene of the stabbing
Image caption The stabbing happened at Oaklands Park, Yardley on Monday

Police have been given more time to question two teenagers arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a fight.

The clash between two groups of young people happened in a park in Wash Lane, South Yardley, Birmingham on Monday.

Hassan Mahmood was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Four teenagers were arrested after the attack and two later released without charge. Two 16-year-old boys remain in custody, West Midlands Police said.

Hassan's cousin Asad Hamid said "he died because he was sticking up for his older brother".

Mr Hamid said: "I don't know how they [the family] are going to carry on living their normal lives.

"The mother actually fainted a couple of times. It's heartbreaking her losing a son."

Hassan had been a pupil at the Rightrack independent school in Saltley for six weeks. His headteacher Sohail Aslam said he had settled in quickly and been well-liked.

Police said they were looking at CCTV footage which may have captured the fight and were appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place on Wednesday.

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