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Sister of alleged 'ISIS-inspired' attacker arrested after knifing cop

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 13/02/2018

Momena Shoma. © Facebook Momena Shoma. The sister of an international student who allegedly stabbed a Melbourne father in an "ISIS-inspired attack" has been arrested after reportedly knifing a police officer at a home in Bangladesh.

Asmaul Husna allegedly stabbed the officer when a counter-terrorism team visited her family home in Mirpur, in northern Dhaka on Monday, local media reported.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman told the Prothom Alo: “An incident occurred. One has been arrested”.

Officers from the counter-terrorism team arrived at the home following last week’s arrest of Husna’s sister Momena Shoma.

Shoma, who recently moved to Australia and held a student visa, allegedly stabbed Roger Singaravelu at his home in Mill Park, north-east of Melbourne’s CBD on Friday while wearing a burqa.

The 24-year-old was renting a room at Mr Singaravelu's home and was arrested at the scene over the stabbing.

The state's Joint Counter Terrorism Team has charged her with engaging in a terrorist act, under the Commonwealth Crimes Act Section 101.1.

It's alleged Shoma travelled to Melbourne on a student visa on February 1 and was renting a room at the victim's Callistemon Rise home while studying.

She was enrolled in a course at La Trobe University, police said.

Investigators searched the Mill Park home and another property in Bundoora, where she had previously stayed.

Police were not looking for anyone else, Acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther said.

"This is an isolated incident and the community can be assured that Victoria Police is doing everything we can to keep the community safe," he said.

Shoma did not apply for bail and is due to return to court on May 2.

She is among 85 people who have been charged since the national terrorism threat level was raised on September 12, 2014, Victoria Police said.

There have been 36 counter terrorism-related operations nationally since the level was raised.

The maximum penalty for engaging in a terror attack is life imprisonment.

Readers can report any suspicious activity to Triple Zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

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