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Finnish backpackers attacked with shovel in Western Australian bush

Our love for bushwalks will, sadly, NEVER outweigh our intense fear of Wolf Creek style attacks.

So, you know, thanks Ivan Milat for ruining the Australian bush for us.

In chillingly Milat-esk fashion, a man in Western Australia has attacked two Finnish backpackers with a four-wheel drive and a shovel on a popular hiking trail, which has absolutely refreshed our fears.

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According to police, a 36-year-old Australian man has since been charged with “making an unlawful attempt to kill” in connection with the attack.

The couple were attacked on Saturday afternoon while walking the Bibbulmun Track near Paulls Valley.

It’s being alleged the man rammed one of the backpackers with his four-wheel-drive before chasing him on foot with the shovel.

The second backpacker, a woman, managed to grab the man’s shovel and hit him over the head to subdue him while a passerby helped them restrain the man until police arrived.

Both backpackers and their attacker were taken to hospital, with the two men suffering head injuries.

According to the BBC, police have not speculated about the attacker’s motives but confirmed that he was not known to the victims.

A lead guide on the track, Steve Sertis, told the BBC he was shocked to hear about the attack.

“Generally the track is a very safe place to be and to walk along, particularly around that area, which is not far from houses and quite a touristy location.”


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