Melbourne stabbing: ‘ISIS student came here to kill’

Melbourne stabbing: ‘ISIS student came here to kill’. By Simone Fox Koob.

A Bangladeshi student accused of stabbing a Melbourne father less than 10 days after arriving in Australia allegedly told a neighbour after the attack that she had “purposefully come here to kill”.

Momena Shoma, 24, was charged on Saturday with one count of engaging in a terrorist act after allegedly stabbing Roger Singaravelu in the neck while he was asleep next to his five-year-old daughter in his Mill Park home in Melbourne’s northeast on Friday afternoon.

He was in a stable condition yesterday following surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney said on Saturday police would allege the woman had become self-radicalised and was inspired by Islamic State. …

Yesterday Ms Shoma’s family denied any links between the woman and terror motives.

“We cannot picture her holding a knife. She is not an aggressive or cruel person,” her uncle, professor Mohammed Aziz, told The Herald Sun. “It is absolutely un­believable.” The family described her as a good student, saying the incident “didn’t make sense”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil