A 21-year-old British woman has died after she was stabbed during an attack at a backpackers’ hostel in Australia.
The casualty has been named as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, who is considered from Derbyshire.
A 30-year-old British guy was also seriously injured in the assault, in Queensland, near Townsville.
A French suspect, 29, who supposedly said the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” during the assault, is arrested.
Authorities said they were investigating a number of possible motivations, including mental health issues, drugs misuse and extremism.
The stabbing took place at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill – a small town that is popular among travellers looking to do agricultural work, such as fruit picking.
It is situated about 100km southeast of the town of Townsville.
The wounded man stays in Townsville Base Hospital in a critical state. A dog was also killed in the strike and a 46-year-old local man sustained minor injuries.
It’s understood Miss Ayliffe Chung travelled to Bali before arriving in Australia.
After completing a period of bar work, it truly is considered she have been taking care of a farm for three days before she was killed.
She was posting diary entries and pictures on Facebook, discussing her experiences with friends.
“She got along with everyone she met, she just had that gorgeous personality that everyone seemed to enjoy.”
“She always had a smile on her face, so innocent and full of life and love. Our memories will be cherished forever and I know she’d want us all to stay positive in the darkest of times.”