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.

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UK soldier death: Brits remanded

Three British tourists have been remanded in custody on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 19-year-old off-duty British soldier at a nightclub in Ayia Napa.