Woman stabbed man at home during alleged 'IS-inspired attack'


A Bangladeshi woman is accused of carrying out an IS-inspired stabbing attack in Melbourne.

A radicalised young Bangladeshi woman was wearing a black burqa when she stabbed a sleeping man in an IS-inspired attack in Melbourne, police say.

The man's five-year-old daughter was present at the time of the attack.

Momena Shoma, 24, allegedly stabbed the 56-year-old man in the neck and shoulder while he was asleep at his Mill Park home on Friday afternoon.

"I'm led to believe she was wearing a black burqa," Victoria's Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Guenther told reporters on Saturday.

The Bangladeshi national has been charged with engaging in a terrorist act as it's alleged she was inspired by terror group IS.

"We will allege she was ISIS-inspired," Australian Federal Police's acting Deputy Commissioner of National Security Ian McCartney said

"So she has been inspired by the doctrine of ISIS.

"When that radicalisation actually occurred will be a real focus of the investigation."

The diminutive Shoma faced court on Saturday and was remanded in custody.

Police say she travelled to Melbourne from Bangladesh on a valid student visa on February 1.

She was renting a room at the victim's Callistemon Rise home while she was studying at Latrobe University.

A neighbour raised the alarm after hearing a commotion at the house about 4.30pm on Friday.

Emergency crews arrived, arresting Shoma at the scene and giving the injured man first aid.

The man is in a serious but stable condition after having surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

His young daughter was at home at the time of the stabbing but she was unharmed.

The family did not wish to be named and they thanked authorities and their neighbours for their help.

"At this time our focus is on the welfare of our family," the family said in a statement.

"This is a very upsetting time and we ask that our privacy is respected to allow time to heal.

"We would like to offer our thanks to our family, friendly neighbours and emergency services for their support and kindness.

Neighbours told reporters that the victim was a family man and a "nice guy".

Police believe the alleged stabbing was a stand-alone incident and there was no increased terror threat.

Mr Guenther said the alleged motivation for the stabbing became apparent during Shoma's interview.

"Detectives from the joint counter-terrorism team (then) took over," he said.

Social media analysis will form part of the joint state and federal police investigation.

Shoma faced Melbourne Magistrates Court for a brief hearing on Saturday, wearing a blue jumper with her hair tied back.

The court heard she had suffered an injury to her hand and will see a nurse in custody.

She did not apply for bail and she was remanded in custody to return to court on May 2.

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