In this case, it was unrequited love, a romance gone bad for poor Smail Ayad, although “certainly from Mia’s point of view” there was no “romantic connection.”
Well, that’s a shame. The broken-hearted are indeed many, and some do resort, in their rage and shame and frustration, to physical attacks against those who have rejected them. The difference here is that Smail Ayad screamed “Allahu akbar” while murdering Mia Ayliffe-Chung. Up to the point he did this, he may have been a “moderate.” He may not have had an Islamic State or al-Qaeda membership card in his wallet. He may, in other words, have shown no signs of “radicalization.”
What he did show signs of, however, was a tendency among Muslims to react with a murderous rage that they associate with religious fervor when they are denied, frustrated, rejected. Is it really wise for Australia or any other country to import large numbers of people who believe that Allah will punish Infidels by their hands (cf. Qur’an 9:14) and that therefore, if they believe an Infidel has wronged them, may decide to become executors of the divine wrath?
An update on this story. “Australia Police: No Extremist Motive Found in Hostel Attack,” by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press, August 25, 2016:
Australian police were investigating whether a French man accused of fatally stabbing a British woman while shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” had a romantic obsession with her, an official said Thursday.
Police in Queensland state said there was no indication the attack at a northeast Australian hostel was motivated by extremism. But they are looking into whether the suspect, 29-year-old Smail Ayad, had been rejected by 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung before police say he stabbed her to death on Tuesday, Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said.
“That is one of the lines of inquiry that we are conducting. There is certainly, at this stage, no indication that — certainly from Mia’s point of view — that there was any sort of romantic connection,” Rohweder told reporters.
Though police said Ayad shouted “Allahu akbar” — the Arabic phrase meaning “God is great” — both during the attack and while being arrested, there was no evidence he had been motivated by any extremist ideology, Rohweder said.
“There is absolutely no indication of any form of radicalization or any political motive in this matter,” he said.
The attack took place Tuesday night in front of dozens of backpackers at a hostel in the town of Home Hill, south of Townsville in northern Queensland. Ayliffe-Chung was found dead at the scene and a 30-year-old British man who tried to stop the attack was seriously wounded. He was in critical condition with injuries to his head. A dog was also killed in the attack.
Ayad was charged on Thursday with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault. He is due to appear in court on Friday.
Witnesses told police Ayad had been acting out of character in the hours leading up to the attack. Police believe he had consumed cannabis during the evening, but there was no evidence he had been drinking or taking harder drugs, Rohweder said.
While transporting Ayad from a hospital to the police station in Townsville on Wednesday, Ayad became “extremely violent,” forcing police to stop the vehicle to restrain him, Rohweder said. The detectives received cuts and abrasions and a bite to the leg during the scuffle, and had to use a taser and pepper spray to subdue him.