Three British tourists have been arrested after a teenage soldier based on the island of Cyprus was stabbed to death in a nightclub, news sources report.
The soldier was 19 years old. Police spokesman Georgios Economou told the BBC that a fight took place in a nightclub in Ayia Napa, a seaside resort town, between four British soldiers and three British tourists. During the fight, one of the tourists allegedly stabbed the 19-year-old soldier, the BBC reported.
While the victim has not been named, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed on Sunday that a soldier from 2nd Batallion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers died in an incident in Cyprus, The Guardian reported.
"An investigation is being conducted by Cyprus police and it would be inappropriate to comment any further," a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said. "The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them," BBC reported.
UK troops have been told to avoid Ayia Napa for many years. The MoD confirmed to The Guardian that the incident took place in a part of Ayia Napa that is officially off limits for British soldiers because of past trouble. British soldiers have been banned from pubs and clubs at the center of the resort since 1994 when a 23-year-old Danish tour guide, Louise Jensen, was abducted, raped and beaten to death by three British soldiers from a local base, The Guardian reported.
In 2008, Ayia Napa's mayor imposed his on ban on British troops visiting the area after a series of violent incidents, the BBC reported.