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Two British students stabbed to death in Malaysia named

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The two British medical students who were stabbed to death in an early morning fight in Malaysia have been named locally as Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger.

The Borneo Post this afternoon reported that three suspects have been arrested after “two British nationals were believed to have been stabbed to death by a group of local men following an encounter at Abell Road early this morning.”

The incident allegedly took place at around 4am in Kuching, in the west of the country.

It is possible that a fourth person has gone on the run.

Aidan and Neil, who were both 22, were fourth year Newcastle University medical students who were attached to a general hospital in the area. According to the Huffington Post they were on a six-week work placement in the country.

According to the Borneo Post they are believed to have been drinking in the Travillion bar before setting off to return to a backpackers’ hostel nearby and being set upon on route. They were later found laying in the road and suffering from "serious bodily wounds."

They had allegedly been involved in an argument with local men earlier in the evening.

The website also reports that a weapon has been recovered, and that a press conference is to be held later today.

Acting vice chancellor of Newcastle University Professor Tony Stevenson said: "We were informed this morning of the very sad news that two of our fourth year medical students working at a hospital in Kuching, Borneo, have been tragically killed.

"This has come as a huge shock to us all and our thoughts are with their families and friends at this very difficult time."

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