Three killed by car in Birmingham riots

Three men have died after being hit by a car during riots in the central English city of Birmingham, with reports claiming they died while trying to protect their community from looters.

Police said they had arrested a man and launched a murder inquiry after the incident which happened about 1am on Wednesday (midnight Tuesday NZT) as Britain's second biggest city suffered from another night of riots.

Paramedics said they found about 80 people at the scene after the men were hit by the car.

Two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene and the third died later in hospital.

The BBC reported that the men who died had just come out of a mosque and were protecting their neighbourhood during the riots.

About 200 people from Birmingham's Asian community gathered outside the hospital where the victims were taken, the BBC reported, adding that riot police were also stationed nearby.

There was no immediate confirmation of those details from police.

Britain has been hit by four nights of violent rioting. London was quieter on Tuesday night but the unrest spread to other cities including Manchester in the northwest and Birmingham.

- AFP

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