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Man stabbed to death on bus in Birmingham

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Media captionThe victim, in his 30s, was attacked on upper deck

A man has been stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham.

The victim, aged in his 30s, was attacked on the upper deck of the 11A bus in the Handsworth area on Monday, West Midlands Police said.

Emergency services carried out CPR at the scene, but the man died a short time later.

Detectives said the attacker was only onboard the bus for five minutes before stabbing the victim "several times" in the stomach and back.

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Image caption Investigations are expected to continue at the scene throughout the day

Police are hunting the attacker, described as a black man, aged around 30 and wearing a baseball cap and padded jacket. He is believed to have left the bus in Rookery Road.

The victim has not been formally identified but his family has been informed.

Det Supt Tom Chisholm, from West Midlands Police, said the attacker was sitting on the opposite side of the aisle to the victim when a dispute "very quickly became physical".

"There didn't appear to be much of a build-up," he said.

He also appealed for passengers who were on the top deck, including four who immediately got off the bus, to get in touch with officers.

Image caption Police are retaining a presence in the area

Police are studying CCTV footage from the bus to piece together the events leading up to the incident.

Forensic searches are being carried out in an effort to trace the weapon, which is believed to be a folding pocket knife.

Rookery Road, where the attack took place, and parts of Oxhill and Greenhill Roads are expected to remain closed for most of Tuesday.

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