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Bangladeshi charged with 'IS-inspired' Australia stabbing

AFP  |  Melbourne 

A young Bangladeshi woman was today charged with stabbing a man in the neck while he slept in in what described as an Islamic State-inspired attack.

Police arrested Momena Shoma, 24, at the scene after the incident in the city's north on Friday afternoon. The man's young child was present, but not hurt.

"We will allege this was a stand-alone, Islamic State- inspired attack, designed to cause harm to our community," said Ian McCartney.

"We deplore any attempt to intimidate our community. We will continue to work together with Police to ensure the safety of the community and to protect our way of life in "

Police said the woman was a Bangladeshi national who travelled to on February 1 on a student visa and was renting a room in the 56-year-old's Mill Park home.

A neighbour told Sun newspaper the man managed to call her and she rushed to his home where she found him in the garage surrounded by a pool of blood.

"I saw all the blood, it was shocking, I saw so much blood," she said.

The cited police as saying Shoma was wearing a black burqa at the time.

She was charged with one count of engaging in an act of and remanded in custody when she appeared in court today.

The man, reportedly a nurse, was due to undergo today for The woman also received hospital treatment for a

In light of the alleged attack, police said their public presence would be beefed up in coming weeks at major events, including a T20 cricket international between and England.

has been increasingly worried about extremism and raised the national threat level in September 2014.

Since then, 85 people have been charged -- including Shoma -- as a result of 36 counter-related operations around the country, police said.

At least 14 attacks have been prevented in the past few years, according to authorities, including an alleged plot by an IS-sympathiser to kill as many revellers as possible on New Year's Eve in last year.

Despite this, several attacks have taken place, including a cafe siege in in 2014 where two hostages were killed.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 13:15 IST