British waitress, 21, stabbed to death in Australian hostel by suspect allegedly shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’
A French national is in police custody in Australia after the murder of a 21-year-old British woman in a frenzied knife attack at a backpacker hostel in Far North Queensland that was witnessed by dozens of people – and also resulted in a dog being killed.
The British victim has beennamed in media reports as Mia Ayliffe Chung from Derbyshire.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reportsshe had only been in the Townsville area for 10 days, and had travelled to the area to do some farm work which would enable her to extend her Australian working visa. She reportedly planned to return to the Gold Coast, where she worked at a nightclub called The Bedroom in Surfers Paradise.
A 30-year-old man, also British, was taken to hospital in Townsville for treatment, while another man suffered minor injuries.
The suspect was heard shouting “Allahu Akhbar” during the attack according to media reportsand the Australian Federal Police has been called to investigate any links between the suspect and terrorist groups.
Police said the man appeared to have acted alone and was a visitor to Australia with no known local connections, but noted that “comments that may be construed of being of an extremist nature were made by the alleged offender” during the attack, which happened in a hostel in the town of Home Hill, about 1,200km north of Brisbane. – READ MORE