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Bangladeshi woman charged with terrorism for stabbing man in Australia

  • Published at 08:19 pm February 10th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:20 pm February 10th, 2018
Bangladeshi woman charged with terrorism for stabbing man in Australia

A Bangladeshi woman who has been in Australia for less than a fortnight has faced court charged with terrorism after an alleged stabbing in Melbourne, capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, several international media reported.

Momena Shoma, 24, a student and Bangladeshi national, was remanded in custody on a terrorism-related charge after facing Melbourne Magistrates Court during a brief hearing on Saturday.

Shoma is accused of stabbing a 56-year-old man in the neck while he was asleep at his home in Callistemon Rise, a small city in Melbourne, on Friday afternoon.

Police say they will allege that Shoma was "self-radicalised."

Victoria Police acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther said comments made by the woman during her interview with Whittlesea detectives led them to believe the incident was terrorism-related.

The alleged attack was witnessed by the man's five-year-old daughter, who was not injured. Police and neighbours said Shoma was wearing a burqa at the time.

Shoma was arrested at the property on Friday afternoon by Whittlesea detectives, who arrived soon after neighbours reported the incident upon hearing the man's distress.

Shoma travelled to Melbourne on February 1 on a student visa and moved into the Callistemon Rise home on February 7. Police say she had enrolled at LaTrobe University.

Since September 12, 2014, when the national terrorism threat level was raised, police have charged 85 people, including Shoma, as a result of 36 counter terrorism-related operations around Australia.