A man who shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the stabbing of a British woman in Australia was not motivated by religion, according to authorities.
21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed during an attack at a backpackers’ hostel in Australia, while another British man was injured.
The 29-year-old culprit “had been in Australia since around March on a temporary visa,” according to reports.
“Allahu Akbar,” a phrase commonly chanted by terrorists during attacks, means “God is greater”.
Despite the fact that the attacker shouted this phrase during the stabbing, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski later said, “This is not about race or religion, it is about individual criminal behavior.”
Gollschewski added that authorities were investigating, “whether mental health or drugs misuse factors are involved in this incident.”
As we have documented, virtually every small scale terror attack is now dismissed by authorities as being driven by “mental health issues” despite there being clear evidence of Islamist motivation.
Last week in Strasbourg, France, a rabbi wearing a Jewish kippa was stabbed by a man who also shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Police soon dismissed claims the incident was a terror attack, asserting that the suspect was “mentally ill”.
Earlier this month, six people were stabbed during an attack in Russell Square, London. Police immediately said the attacker was mentally ill although it later emerged that the 19-year-old Somalian culprit behind the attack was a “devout Muslim” who once expressed support for an alleged Al-Qaeda member and owned jihadist books.
On August 7, two policewomen in Brussels were wounded when a man wielding a machete attacked them while chanting “Allahu Akbar”.
A police spokesman said the investigation was likely to conclude that the man “had mental problems”.
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