Man murders tourist in Australia while yelling “Allahu akhbar”
A British tourist has been killed in a hostel in Australia by a French national. She was a 21-year old from Derbyshire who had traveled through Morocco, Turkey, India and Thailand after her studies. The attack took place in Home Hill, North Queensland.
Police arrested the attacker, who is a 29-year old French national. they are investigating whether or not it might have been motivated by Islamic extremism.
The attacker injured several others and for some reason killed a local dog. One of the victims is in critical condition.
Witnesses reported the attacker yelled “Allahu akhbar” during the attack and during the arrest.
“Initial inquiries indicate that comments which may be construed as being of an extremist nature were made by the alleged offender,” said superintendent Ray Rohweder, adding: “We don’t have a motive yet.” Queensland deputy commissioner stated, “We could be dealing with a pure criminal act or something related to mental health or drug issues.”
One local claims he knew the attacker, saying: “He was a really calm guy, always happy. […] One of the guys tried to prevent it from happening, he was stabbed in face 15 times from what I’ve been told.”
The attacker had been in Australia since March on a temporary visa.