A 21-year old woman from Britain was stabbed to death in an Australian youth hostel by a man who reported shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.
The victim was identified as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, from Derbyshire. She had travelled first to Bali in Indonesia before coming to Australia. She was doing farm work in Australia.
A dog was also killed in the attack and a 30-year-old British man was severely injured. The attack took place in Queensland near Townsville.
Allahu Akbar is an Arabic phrase meaning “God is the Greatest” and used in a variety of religious contexts. It has been adopted by jihadists as a slogan to shout before they strike.
A 29-year-old French man was arrested for the murder.
Shouting Allahu Akbar “may be construed as being of an extremist nature,” deputy police commissioner Steve Gollschewski told the press, adding that police are “not ruling out any motivations at this early stage, whether they be criminal or political” including “mental health or drug misuse” or any “indication of an extremist slant or (that) he was radicalized.”