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Rosie Ayliffe: Terror List Shouldn't Include Daughter's Death

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An Order of Service is held outside St Mary's Church in Matlock, Derbyshire, ahead of a memorial service for Mia Ayliffe-Chung, the British backpacker murdered in Australia. (Joe Giddens/Press Association via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 02:36 PM

Rosie Ayliffe, whose daughter Mia was killed by a man in Australia, has written an open letter to President Donald Trump saying that her daughter’s death was not terrorism and that he shouldn’t have included it in a list of terror attacks.

Ayliffe’s daughter was 20 at the time of the attack, according to CBS News. The man who killed her, Smail Ayad, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he stabbed her, but police found no evidence of radicalization or ties to terrorist groups. Ayad also killed a man, Tom Jackson, who tried to protect Ayliffe-Chung from Ayad.

Trump included Mia Ayliffe-Chung and Tom Jackson’s stabbings on a list of 78 events he classified as major terror attacks, complaining on Monday that the media underreported or failed to cover the attacks, according to Agence France-Presse.

CNN noted that it covered 61 of the 78 incidents on the list, and CBS said that it covered at least 74 percent of them.

Ayliffe stated in her letter that she didn’t believe her daughter’s attack was related to terrorism. She bristled at what she felt was a false narrative that could contribute to the mistreatment of immigrants and Muslims.

“I have lived and worked in the Islamic world for a number of years . . . . We encountered nothing but respect and hospitality from people who are committed to courtesy and honoring their fellow human beings,” she wrote. “This vilification . . . is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred,” CNN reported.

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Rosie Ayliffe, whose daughter Mia was killed by a man in Australia, has written an open letter to President Donald Trump saying that her daughter's death was not terrorism and that he shouldn't have included it in a list of terror attacks.
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