Man Reportedly Kills Woman While Yelling 'Allahu Akbar'

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A 21-year-old woman from Britain was stabbed and killed during a knife attack at an Australian hostel.

The victim, named Mia Ayliffe-Chung, had reportedly lived in Surfers Paradise on Australia's Gold Coast and worked as a waitress before moving 800 miles north to work outdoors as a farm hand, the BBC reports.

She was only a few days into the trip, which was to be 3 months long, when she was stabbed by a 29-year-old French suspect.

Tom Jackson, a 30-year-old British man who was also staying at the hostel, was also stabbed and in critical condition following the attack. A third man, age 46, was wounded on his legs.

Ayliffe-Chung's latest Facebook status update was on August 20, which was four days after she had started working on the farm. The fatal attack which took her life happened at roughly 11:15 p.m. on August 23.

Jamison Stead, who had been dating Ayliffe-Chung, remembered her as a "beautiful soul" who had "fallen in love with the country and its people," according to the BBC.

"She was a beautiful girl who had her whole life ahead of her and we spoke of what the future may hold in store for her and what she wanted to do. It's sad knowing that she won't be able to do those things."

Police are currently treating the attack as a murder case rather than a terror attack, although extremism is one of the possible motivations they are looking at, along with drug misuse and mental health issues.

The suspect, Smail Ayad, was allegedly screaming "Allahu Akbar" as he stabbed Ayliffe-Chung to death, according to The Herald Sun.

The Sun reports that detectives are currently probing whether or not Ayad had developed an infatuation-turned-obsession with the murder victim.  

Australian Federal Police currently say they are confident that there is no terrorism link to the stabbing. Ayad's phone records and online history -- the latter is said to be definitive in building terror cases -- have not indicated any such link.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said that the investigation still remains in its early stages.

"This is not about race or religion. It is individual behavior. Our community should feel reassured that the investigation is thorough and committed and is being fully supported by all responsible agencies."

Sources: BBC, The Herald Sun / Photo credit: Facebook via BBC

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