Famagusta Police believe two foreign nationals were involved in the murder of a 22-year-old British man in Ayia Napa, who was stabbed in the neck as he was walking on a busy street Sunday morning.
The murder took place around 3:30am, when the victim and another British man, also aged 22, were walking down Gregoris Afxentiou Street near Ayia Napa’s city square.
At one point, two other men approached and attacked with knives, stabbing one victim in the carotid artery and the other in the back. Both were rushed to a private clinic by ambulance, where one man succumbed to his neck injuries. The survivor received treatment for four knife wounds and his condition is said to be “not critical”.
He told police that there were a lot of pedestrians at the time having fun and did not know if anyone had a reason to harm them.
Police investigator Yiorgos Economou said it appeared that the two British men had a run-in with another male earlier, and then they were attacked by two people. Based on witnesses, the assailants are believed to be foreign nationals.
The man who survived the attack also told police that the run-in was nothing more than a brief quarrel.
Police did not specify any nationality or a country of origin for the two attackers, but described one as short, chubby, with dark complexion and his head shorn, wearing jeans and a white shirt, and the other as short, with dark short hair, and shirtless.
Authorities are going through CCTV footage in the area and seeking another witness, who may be able to shed light on the case.
The two British men came to Cyprus for employment.