Australia: Woman stabbed to death

British woman stabbed to death at a hostel in Queensland. Attacker yelled "Allahu Akbar" while arrested.

Ben Ariel,

Police line (illustration)
Police line (illustration)

A British woman was stabbed to death at around 11:15 p.m. local time on Tuesday night at a hostel in Australia. Two more people were injured, one seriously.

Police are describing the stabbing as an "extremist" attack, according to Reuters.

A spokesman for Queensland state police said the suspected attacker, in Australia on a tourist visa, was a 29-year-old French national who had yelled "Allahu Akbar" while he was arrested.

A 21-year-old British woman died at the scene of the attack, south of Townsville in the state's far north, police said, according to Reuters.

The woman has since been identified as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from Belper in Derbyshire. Chung had been working as a waitress in Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia for the past six months.

A 30-year-old British man was in critical condition in hospital.

"Initial inquiries indicate that comments which may be construed of being of an extremist nature were made by the alleged offender," Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski was quoted as having told reporters.

"This person appears to have acted alone," he added. "He is a visitor to Australia and has no known local connections, however investigations are ongoing."

Australia is on alert due to radicalization, as many other countries have been. About 100 people have left Australia for Syria to fight alongside organizations such as the Islamic State (ISIS), according to Reuters.

There have been several "lone wolf" attacks in the country in recent years, including a 2014 cafe siege in Sydney that left two hostages and the gunman dead. Also in 2014, police shot dead a Melbourne teenager after he stabbed two counter-terrorism officers.

In 2015, a 15-year-old boy fired on an accountant at a police headquarters in a Sydney suburb and was killed in a gunfight with police.

In September 2014, Australian police arrested 15 terror suspects of an ISIS cell that was planning to behead a random member of the public in a campaign of terror.