Two British medical students, Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed to death in Malaysia following a confrontation with a group of locals while drinking in a bar, The Star newspaper reported.
The bodies of the two Newcastle University students were found lying in a road in Kuching, capital of the state of Sarawak on Borneo Island, early Wednesday morning with stab wounds.
It said they were on a six-week work placement in a local hospital in the former British colony "to put the skills they had learnt during their time here at the university into practice."
"This has come as a huge shock to us all and our thoughts are with their families and friends at this very difficult time," said acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Stevenson.
Police have arrested three of four suspects and confiscated a knife, Chai said.
"We are looking for the fourth suspect. The main suspect, aged 23, is in custody," he said.