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'No sign of radicalization' in Australia stabbing attack

27 August 2016

Police have charged a 29-year-old man with murder following the death of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung in Queensland, Australia.

A 46-year-old local man, named by a friend as Grant Scholz, who ran the hostel also suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attacks.

Queensland police confirmed they were not treating the attack as a terrorist incident.

Mr Jackson has been praised for his heroism as he continues to fight for life in a Townsville hospital.

The French national did not appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on Friday (Aug 26), with his lawyer Helen Armitage asking for the case to be adjourned.

While transporting Ayad from a hospital to the police station in Townsville on Wednesday, Ayad became "extremely violent", forcing police to stop the vehicle to restrain him, Rohweder said.

Mr Norris said that Mr Ayad, a former kickboxer, showed no sign of Islamic extremism.

"It's a tragedy. No words to describe what happened", he said.

Another man was stabbed in the leg and a dog at the property was slaughtered.

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As his father was flying in, another injured man, Gold Coaster Chris Porter, was heading home after fracturing both heels as he reportedly leapt for his life from the hostel window after waking to the attack.

The BBC reports that Ayad had been in Home Hill for about a month, while Mia had only been there a number of days since travelling north from Surfers Paradise for a three-month stint working with animals. "There is certainly, at this stage, no indication that - certainly from Mia's point of view - that there was any sort of romantic connection", Rohweder told reporters.

Ayad made headlines around Australia earlier this week because it was alleged he shouted "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing Ayliffe-Chung.

"There will be those that seek to exploit this and I believe they will be unhelpful", Byrne was quoted by the "Brisbane Times" as saying.

Queensland Police Service said the possibility that he had an unrequited romantic interest or an "obsession" with Miss Ayliffe-Chung, who was from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was a line of inquiry.

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.

Meanwhile Mr Jackson was said to be in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital last night.

His family is en route from the United Kingdom to be with him, Supt Rohweder said.

As police continued to interview 30 witnesses who saw the shocking attack, federal politicians began to link the incident to a debate on immigration.

'No sign of radicalization' in Australia stabbing attack