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Tributes have been paid to two Newcastle University students who were stabbed to death in Malaysia.
Fourth-year medical students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were on the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo on attachment to a hospital in Kuching, the University's acting vice-chancellor Professor Tony Stevenson said.
Reports from the island claim the Britons were attacked and killed in the street by a gang of four local men after a row in a bar in Kuching.
Prof Stevenson said in a statement: “We were informed of the very sad news that two of our fourth-year medical students working at a hospital in Kuching, Borneo, have been tragically killed.”
The Foreign Office said it was aware of the deaths and was providing consular assistance to the men’s families.
The Malaysian State News Agency Bernama has reported that the attack happened at 4.15am in the Jalan Padungan area of Kuching in Sarawak province, in the west of the Malaysian part of Borneo.
Sarawak deputy police commissioner Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chungtold the agency the fight broke out after an argument in a bar over thestudents being too noisy.
He added that the Britons had been due to finish their training at the local hospital on Friday and that the four suspects are in custody.
Post mortem examinations have been carried out on the two Newcastle University medical students stabbed to death in Borneo.
Four men arrested over the murder of two British medical students who were stabbed in Borneo after a row in a bar have admitted the crime.