Authorities are reporting that a 29-year-old French national in Australia on a tourist visa has been arrested following the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old British woman at a backpackers’ hostel Wednesday. A 30-year-old British man is in critical condition, and a dog was also killed in the attack.
A French man is being questioned by police after a British woman died and two others injured in a stabbing attack in north Queensland.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August 24, 2016
British woman stabbed to death at Australian hostel in possible "extremist" attack https://t.co/UH1fKqeDjU
— Dan Williams (@DanWilliams) August 24, 2016
A police spokesman said the suspected attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” when arrested. He is believed to have acted alone.
— Anne Bayefsky (@AnneBayefsky) August 24, 2016
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 24, 2016
Forensic crews have arrived at backpackers hostel in Home Hill after double stabbing. A woman is dead, man critical. pic.twitter.com/1abyKfjd5O
— Chris McMahon (@ChrisTheJourno1) August 23, 2016
A French tourist has 'stabbed' two British nationals after 'screaming about Allah' in a hostel rampage https://t.co/sezJJHMUGp
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) August 24, 2016
Police say the attack happened in front of at least 30 witnesses.