The attacker was heard shouting “Allahu akbar” as he took the life of Mia Ayliffe-Chung.
The Muslim was identified as a Frenchman, although it is doubtful that he is of ethnic French ancestry.
A white male was injured.
The attacks occurred in Surfers Paradise, Queensland and were reported August 24, 2016.
According to witnesses, the killer yelled “Allah Akbar” – Arabic for “God is greater” – during the attack and after he was arrested.
“We don’t have a motive yet,” said superintendent Ray Rohweder.
“Police were confronted with a terrible scene when they arrived. There were up to 30 people who witnessed the incident.”
A local resident was also injured, but not seriously, and a dog that lived on the premises was killed.
Police said the Frenchman was legally in Australia on a temporary visa and was not known to authorities. He had been in Australia since March.
“This person appears to have acted alone,” said Steve Gollschewski, Queensland’s deputy commissioner.
“He is a visitor to Australia and appears to have no known local connections… This is a tragic incident.”
Mr Gollschewski said police were investigating whether the attacker was motivated by Islamic extremism, adding: “We could be dealing with a pure criminal act or something related to mental health or drug issues.”
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