A British backpacker ‘living her dream’ on a gap year in Australia has been stabbed to death by a knife-wielding Frenchman screaming Allahu Akbar.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, had been on the trip of a lifetime gap year when she was murdered in a frenzied attack by a maniac on Tuesday night.
A second hero British man named as Tom Jackson is in hospital after he was stabbed 15 times in the face trying to stop the maniac at a backpackers’ hostel as he tried to save her.
A third man from Australia was injured trying to stop him and a dog was killed in the in front of 30 horrified witnesses at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, Queensland.
The alleged knifeman is a 29-year-old French national has been in the country on a temporary visa since March.
Witnesses said he was seen loudly singing the French national anthem before carrying out the attack.
He was caught on police body camera shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, meaning God is great, as he was taken into custody.
She had just arrived from working as a waitress in Surfer’s Paradise, on Australia’s Gold Coast after travelling in Turkey and India.
‘The hardest thing living my dream, missing the important home things. Graduations, people in hospital, funerals and birthdays,’ she wrote in a July Facebook post.
Ms Ayliffe-Chung who is originally from Wirksworth in the UK, studied psychology at Chesterfield College Official and went to high school at The Ecclesbourne School.