Derbyshire backpacker stabbed to death in Australia in frenzied attack

Photo supplied by Tommy Martin of Mia Ayliffe-Chung, who has been named locally as the 21-year-old British woman who has died after being stabbed at a backpackers' hostel in Australia. Photo credit: Tommy Martin/Press Association Images.

Photo supplied by Tommy Martin of Mia Ayliffe-Chung, who has been named locally as the 21-year-old British woman who has died after being stabbed at a backpackers' hostel in Australia. Photo credit: Tommy Martin/Press Association Images.

A Derbyshire woman has been killed in a bloody knife attack after a Frenchman yelled 'Allahu Akbar' and attacked innocents in a 'rampage' according to national media.

A 30-year-old British man is also in a critical condition after the attack which took place in Queensland, with police investigating possible terrorist links to the young woman's death.

Photo supplied by Mykah Powell of Mia Ayliffe-Chung with her cat Leo, as Mia was named locally as the 21-year-old British woman who has died after being stabbed at a backpackers' hostel in Australia. Photo credit: Mykah Powell/Press Association Images.

Photo supplied by Mykah Powell of Mia Ayliffe-Chung with her cat Leo, as Mia was named locally as the 21-year-old British woman who has died after being stabbed at a backpackers' hostel in Australia. Photo credit: Mykah Powell/Press Association Images.

The woman has been named locally as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales. She is believed to have been a waitress at the Surfers Paradise hostel in Queensland for the past six months and had also been working on a sugar cane plantation to extend her working holiday visa in Australia. She is believed to have been in the area of Townsville for 10 days.

Witnesses reported a 29-year-old man from France called out in Arabic 'God is Great' before the attack at the hostel, Shelley's Backpackers in Home Hill.

Queensland Police Service said up to 30 people witnessed the "senseless act of violence" at around 11.15pm local time (August 23), in which a 46-year-old local man also suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The force said the investigation is still in its early stages and more details are expected to become clear as it unfolds.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said: "Initial inquiries indicate that comments that may be construed of being of an extremist nature were made by the alleged offender.

“While this information will be factored into the investigation we are not ruling out any motivations at this early stage whether they be political or criminal.

“Investigators will also consider whether mental health or drug misuse are factors in this incident.”

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

Also known as 'Mimi', Miss Ayliffe-Chung went to Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne School in Duffield before studying psychology at Chesterfield College, according to her Facebook account.

She had been in Australia for around a year and was posting regular updates from her travels, and was described by a friend at the hostel as 'bubbly'.

In the days leading up to the attack she posted on Facebook: "Day one, done! Only 87 left to do. Today we were in sugar canes. Feeling like a little Jamaican again. Saw about five small spiders, four poisonous toads and three geckos. Not too shabby of a day."