Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' kills British in Australia

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

Tributes continue to flow from around the world for Ms Ayliffe-Chung, who was in the North Queensland hostel as part of her year-long visit to Australia.

Miss Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was attacked at the Shelley's Backpackers accommodation in the Home Hill area of Queensland on Tuesday night.

Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski told reporters that motives for the attack in which a 30- year- old British man was seriously injured and an Australian was inflicted with non-life- threatening injuries remain unknown.

Smail Ayad, 29, injured several police officers and was screaming "Allahu akbar", or "God is Great", before he was subdued and arrested.

One of his alleged victims, Tom Jackson, also from the United Kingdom, remains in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital after being stabbed multiple times in the head while trying to help Ms Ayliffe-Chung.

A hostel worker was also attacked before Ayad allegedly jumped from the balcony then chased after Mr Norris' family dog, a German Shepard named Atari, before killing it.

Police alleged the well-travelled Frenchman, who'd been in Australia since March, again lashed out at officers on the way from the hospital to the watchhouse, biting one on the leg as half a dozen officers used Tasers and capsicum spray to subdue him.

Superintendent Ray Rohweder said Mr Ayad would appear in court via video link for safety reasons. He is in a critical condition in Townsville hospital. "Stating that the suspect was violent with police officers", he said.

Police confirmed they took a man into custody upon arriving at the scene at Ninth Street, Home Hill.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung (photos supplied by Tommy Martin / PA).


He said: "Certainly from Mia's point of view, there was no romantic connection".

Ayliffe-Chung was the first one to be attacked at the hostel and the only one to be killed.

Bill Byrne, Queensland's police minister, described the stabbing attack as "tragic and disturbing" but said it was not "about race or religion".

Police will claim he had consumed cannabis prior to allegedly stabbing Ms Ayliffe-Chung to death and critically injuring Mr Jackson, but there was no evidence he had consumed alcohol or other drugs.

"Police have arrived and I can tell you the scene that confronted police was awful. there was a lot of blood, there were two persons, one was deceased and one was certainly in a very bad way".

Amy Brown, a co-worker from the bar Ayliffe-Chung worked at in Surfer's Paradise described her as a lovely person.

Police said he leapt off the hostel balcony and landed on his back after the alleged attack.

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