A woman is dead and a man is fighting for his life after they were stabbed at a backpackers hostel in north Queensland.
Police were called to Shelley’s Backpackers on Ninth Street in Home Hill, south of Townsville, about 11.15pm on Tuesday.
Investigators have revealed the woman and man, who were British nationals, were allegedly stabbed by a French tourist with a knife.
The French national, 29, yelled about Allah during the frenzied attack, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
More… Woman stabbed to death at Home Hill
UPDATE 11.30am: A FRENCH national accused of killing a British backpacker and wounding another allegedly shouted about Allah during the stabbing frenzy.
Australian Federal Police are now involved in the investigation, with police expected to examine whether the man – who had been in the country several months – has any link to terror organisations.
Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski and AFP Commander Sharon Cowden will update the media at noon.
More…French man in custody over stabbings in Townsville backpackers hostel
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, police said the offender yelled threats of extremist nature at backpackers and police.
“It is alleged the suspect used the phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the attack and when arrested by police”, QPS Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.
AFP: A dog was also fatally injured in the knife attack at #HomeHill backpackers
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