A 21-year-old British woman has been killed, and another British man severely injured, following a stabbing, at a backpackers’ hostel, in Australia.
A 21-year-old British woman has died after she was stabbed during an attack at a backpackers’ hostel in Australia. The victim has been named by friends as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, from Derbyshire.
An unnamed 30-year-old British man severely injured in the attack in Home Hill, Queensland, is in a critical condition.
A French suspect, 29, who allegedly said the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” during the attack, was arrested.
Police said they were investigating a number of possible motivations, including drugs misuse, mental health issues and extremism.
The stabbing took place at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill.
The small town – located around 100km (62m) southeast of the city of Townsville – is popular among travellers looking to do agricultural work, such as fruit picking.