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Three Brits remanded in custody over Ayia Napa death of soldier

Three British tourists have been remanded in custody on suspicion of fatally stabbing an off-duty British soldier in Cyprus.

The soldier died from stab wounds to the chest on Sunday following an altercation at a nightclub in the Ayia Napa resort.

One of the suspects, whom police identified as Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman, 19, comes from London. The two other suspects are both 17.

The incident occurred in an area of the resort which is out of bounds to British soldiers stationed on the Mediterranean island. Britain has two military bases on Cyprus.

Killed British soldier was in out-of-bounds area

A deadly fight between British soldiers and tourists in Ayia Napa took place in an area of the resort that is out-of-bounds for troops.

Connie Pierce, a British military spokeswoman, said the attack took place in an area of the island that British soldiers are told to avoid because of previous incidents.

After the rape and murder of Danish tour guide Louise Jensen by British servicemen in 1994, the centre of Ayia Napa was declared off limits to soldiers.

In 2008, nine British soldiers went on trial accused of trashing a pub and beating up its owner during a mass bar brawl. All were acquitted.


MoD 'saddened' by death of soldier in Cyprus

It is with great sadness that the MoD must confirm that a soldier from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has died in an incident in Cyprus.

An investigation is being conducted by Cyprus police and it would be inappropriate to comment any further. The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them.

– Ministry of Defence spokesman

Soldiers and tourists 'clashed in Cyprus nightclub'

The Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa is home to a burgeoning tourist party scene Credit: PA

Police spokesman Georgios Economou said a fight broke out at a nightclub in the resort of Ayia Napa between four off-duty soldiers and three British holidaymakers in the early hours of Sunday.

One of the tourists allegedly stabbed the soldier.

Police detain three British tourists over soldier stabbing in Cyprus

Police say they have detained three British tourists for questioning over the stabbing of an off-duty British soldier in a nightclub in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.

The soldier, identified as a 19 year old serving with the Second Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was stabbed in the chest and was dead upon arrival at a local hospital.

"We can confirm there was a stabbing incident involving a British soldier who was killed," a spokeswoman for the British bases in Cyprus said.

The victim was serving in his regiment at Dhekelia, one of two bases Britain has maintained on the island.