The three are attending university in Machester, with two of them medical students.
The three Malaysians who were questioned by British police on Monday are "innocent Muslim students" who may have been "used" by Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, The Times reported today.
The students, Aliff Farhan, Muhd Helmi and a third man, were released without charge on Monday night.
The Times describes Aliff as a cerebral student who is active in Manchester University's Islamic Society, as well as the Independent School of Free Thinkers, a group that held their open-door discussions at the students' home.
"I met two of the three students during a getting-to-know-you session with Malaysian students in Manchester earlier this year".
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Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican said the three students were detained in their rented house in Banff Road, Manchester and taken to Longsight Police Station at 5.40 pm (UK time) for recording of statement and were released at 9 pm. The friend went on to admit that Abedi may have abused their charity as Muslims.
The Malaysians were believed to have been staying in the same place for the past four years, but any links between Abedi and the address has not been revealed by the authorities.
A friend of the students quoted in the paper explained that the three were "strongly opposed to extremism and terrorism" and are of good character.
They were later released at 9pm local time.
On 22 May, Abedi is identified as the suspect who carried out a suicide attack during Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester Arena which killed 22 people, including children and inuring over 50 others.