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Manhunt on after Kaitaia stabbing

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016

© File A police search is continuing for a man who stabbed a Kaitaia resident in the stomach during a fight.

A 22-year-old man was airlifted to Whangarei Hospital in a serious condition following the attack on Tuesday afternoon.

Police say before the attack, the person that may be responsible was seen trying to breaking into a vehicle in the Kaitaia township before bystanders stopped him.

He then went to Mathews Avenue at about 2.15pm where the victim was stabbed in the stomach during an altercation.

Police say they do not believe the two men knew each other and have not established what the fight was about.

Officers are currently investigating the scene and say they are speaking to a number of witnesses.

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