The mother a woman who was stabbed to death at a backpackers in Home Hill, near Townsville, in August last year, has slammed the inclusion of her murder on a list of “underreported terror attacks” released by the Trump administration.
The list described 78 attacks that were “executed or inspired by” Islamic State since September 2014. The Sydney Lindt Cafe siege and the shooting murder of police worker Curtis Cheng in Parramatta were also included on the list.
A White House official says “most” of these 78 attacks since 2014 have not received enough attention from media. pic.twitter.com/v66rcHxAFI
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) February 7, 2017
It is alleged Rosie Ayliffe’s 21-year-old daughter Mia Ayliffe-Chung was murdered by 29-year-old Frenchman Smail Ayad, who is believed to have had romantic interest in her.
A 30-year-old British man, Tom Jackson, was also killed after he sustained critical injuries trying to come to Ayliffe-Chung’s aid during the attack.
Reports suggest Ayad used the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” both during the attack and his arrest, but police ruled out any links to terrorism in their preliminary investigations of the incident.
In an open letter to Donald Trump, Ayliffe wrote that she would not allow her daughter's death to be used to "further this insane persecution of innocent people".