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Slain backpacker's mum slams Trump terror' claim

Slain backpacker's mum slams Trump terror' claim
Published: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Mia Ayliffe-Chung Photo by:Allan Ganpat

The mother of a backpacker who was stabbed to death in Australia has criticised the White House for labelling her death a "terror attack."

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, who was killed at a hostel in Queensland in August, did not die as a result of terrorism, police have said.

Despite this, her death was included on a list of 78 alleged "terror" attacks released by the Trump administration.

Rosie Ayliffe said Mia's death must not be used to persecute innocent people.

The White House released the list of attacks to back up Trump's claim the media was "under-reporting" attacks committed or inspired by the Islamic State group.

The list included the Bataclan theatre attack in Paris, the shootings in Sousse, Tunisia, which killed 30 British tourists, and Ms Ayliffe-Chung's murder.

The 20 year old, from Wirksworth, died from multiple stab wounds, during the attack at Home Hill, near Townsville.

Australian police have ruled out the possibility her death-which was widely reported by media in the UK and abroad-was the result of a terror attack.

Trump's comments come amid a legal bid by his administration to restore a travel ban on visitors and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

In an open letter to the president, Mrs Ayliffe said: "Treating immigrants as disposable commodities and disregarding their safety causes deaths throughout our so-called civilised world."

French national Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with the murder of Ms Ayliffe-Chung and that of Thomas Jackson, 30, from Cheshire, who was also stabbed and later died in hospital.

Mrs Ayliffe added: "The possibility of Mia and Tom's deaths being consequent to an Islamic terror attack was discounted in the early stages of the police investigation. (BBC)

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