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Australia's Prime Minister calls killing of Israeli student 'shocking'

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Published on January 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

Australia's Prime Minister calls killing of Israeli student 'shocking'

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered his condolences to the family of killed Israeli woman Aiia Maasarwe, who was attacked in Melbourne close to the university where she was studying.

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Australia's Prime Minister calls killing of Israeli student 'shocking'

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered condolences on Friday (January 18) to the family of killed Israeli woman Aiia Maasarwe, who was attacked in Melbourne close to the university where she was studying.

Morrison added that he was shocked and left speechless by the attack and said that "every person in Australia should be able to travel home in safety".

The body of Maasarwe, 21, was found by passers-by early on Wednesday (January 16) near La Trobe University's Bundoora campus in the northeast of Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city.

The student had been in Melbourne on a six-month study abroad program as part of a degree at Shanghai University.

A vigil will be held for her on Friday evening on the steps of Melbourne's Parliament House.

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