01/22/2012 09:53 EST | Updated 03/23/2012 05:12 EDT

Man slain in downtown Ottawa

Ottawa police are investigating the city’s first homicide of the year after a local man was fatally stabbed outside a Byward Market nightclub.

The man was found suffering from stab wounds on Dalhousie Street near Rideau Street at about 2:30 a.m. He was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police have identified him as Navid Niran, 24, of Ottawa.

A block of Dalhousie Street between Rideau and Besserer Streets remained closed for hours as investigators probed Niran’s death.

A folding knife was among the evidence collected by police.

No arrests have been made.