Kuala Lumpur: Two British medical students were stabbed to death in Malaysia following a confrontation with a group of locals while drinking in a cafe, media reports citing police said on Wednesday.
The bodies of the two Newcastle University students were found lying in a road in Kuching, capital of the state of Sarawak on Borneo island, early yesterday morning with stab wounds, The Star newspaper reported.
The university issued a statement identifying the two men as Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22.
It said they were on a six-week work placement in a local hospital in the former British colony "to put the skills they had learnt during their time here at the university into practice."
"This has come as a huge shock to us all and our thoughts are with their families and friends at this very difficult time," said acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Stevenson.
After the quarrel in the cafe, the Britons left but were pursued by the group of locals and attacked, The Star quoted Sarawak deputy state police chief Chai Khin Chung as saying.
Police have arrested three of four suspects.