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.”
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