Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Backpacker Dead after Hostel Terror; Attacker Heard to Yell 'Allahu Akbar'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Backpacker Dead after Hostel Terror; Attacker Heard to Yell 'Allahu Akbar'

Article excerpt

A 21-YEAR-OLD British backpacker has died after being stabbed, allegedly by a French national yelling "Allahu akbar" at a north Queensland hostel.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating whether the fatal stabbing of the young woman was terror-related.

Police said the 29-year-old French national - who had been in the country since March - was heard to yell "Allahu akbar" before attacking the woman and critically injuring a 30-year-old British male backpacker.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the man yelled it again when police arrested him at Shelley's Backpackers hostel in Home Hill, south of Townsville, where the attack occurred about 11.15pm on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old woman died at the scene. The man was rushed to Townsville Hospital, where he continues to fight for his life.

A man in his 40s also received non life-threatening injuries.

A dog was also stabbed to death.

Mr Gollschewski said the French man remained in police custody but was yet to be charged. …

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