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Ayia Napa stabbing suspects not Turkish Cypriots

One of George Low's last known selfies

Two men wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of Briton George Low on Sunday in Ayia Napa, were not Turkish Cypriots and there was no confirmation they had escaped to the breakaway state in the north of the island, it emerged on Friday.

According to media reports quoting Hakki Onen, the Turkish Cypriot co-chairman of the bicommuncal technical committee on crime, one of the suspects was a Turk from Bulgaria while the other was either a Kurd or an Arab.

It was not immediately known who was who.

Police said they had no official information about the matter.

A spokesman said they had issued the arrest warrants against Mehmet Akpinar, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 43, based on a statement given by a third suspect, Koulla Anastasiou, 48. Anastasiou said she lived with Akpinar in her Kamares home in Larnaca. She was the one who told police the two were Turkish Cypriots.

Police said, 22-year-old estate agent Low from Dartford, in Kent, and his friend Ben Joseph Robert Parker were walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street at around 3.20am when they were attacked by two men, armed with knives, who then fled in different directions.

Low suffered a fatal blow to his neck, which severed his carotid artery and was declared dead at 3.40am at the private clinic the two were rushed to in Paralimni. Parker was stabbed four times in the back. His condition is not life threatening.

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