Newcastle University has released a statement on the "tragic" deaths of two medical students killed in the Malaysian city of Kuching.
Acting vice-chancellor 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."
"Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were on a six-week work placement, along with five other medical students, to put the skills they had learnt during their time here at the university into practice," he added.
Professor Stevenson said the news was a "huge shock" and added that two members of university staff were flying to Kuching "as soon as possible" to co-ordinate the return of the other students.
The two British students stabbed to death in Malaysia have been named as Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, Newcastle University has confirmed.
The pair were reportedly on a six-week placement at a local hospital and were due to return to Britain later this month.
Two British students were stabbed to death in Malaysia after reportedly arguing with four local men.
Two British medical students, who were stabbed to death in Malaysia, were undergoing training at a local hospital and were set to return to Britain later this month, according to a local report.
The Britons were reportedly found with stab wounds in the chest and back at 4.15am local time after arguing with four Malaysian men.
The suspects reportedly pursued the two suspects in a car before the attack.
A restaurant worker called police after witnessing the incident, the report added.
Two British students were stabbed to death in Malaysia after an argument in a bar, according to a local report.
The Newcastle University medical students, both men aged 22 and 23, were killed in Kuching town in the state of Sarawak.
Four Malaysian suspects have been arrested by police and a knife has been recovered.
An investigator told a local paper: "The suspects followed the victims when they left the pub and attacked them".
The Foreign Office are aware of the deaths of two Britons in Malaysia, a spokesperson said.
We are aware of the deaths of two British Nationals in Malaysia on 5 August.
We are providing consular assistance to their families at this difficult time.
Two Newcastle University students have been stabbed to death in Malaysia. The Foreign Office has confirmed that the attacks took place on the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo. The victims are thought to have been medical students. The University says it will release more details later.
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Police have cordoned off parts of Newcastle University again this morning after more suspicious items were found on site.
Officers are continuing to question two 18-year-olds in connection with suspicious items found at the University on Tuesday.
Northumbria Police have confirmed a student's room is being searched at Newcastle University because of reports of a potentially suspicious item being found. Bomb disposal teams were brought in to the INTO building at the Haymarket in Newcastle at about 6pm.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested and is helping police with their enquiries.
Roads around the area have been closed to drivers and pedestrians.