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Suspect Arrested in Murder of American Teacher In Abu Dhabi Mall

December 4, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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CNN is reporting that an Emirati woman has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of an American teacher in a bathroom at a United Arab Emirates mall and has also been accused of placing a handmade bomb in front of the home of an American doctor, the country’s interior minister announced Thursday.

Police only released minor information about the suspect including, her gender being a female in her 30s and is a UAE national, Interior Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said.

Additional information about the arrest weren’t made available.

Police said a veiled woman stabbed American schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, 47, during a fight in a restroom at the high-end Boutique Mall on Reem Island on Monday.

The suspect was fully covered, wearing a traditional black veil worn by Emirati women, black gloves, a face cover and a hijab, or head scarf, police said.

The woman fled the mall immediately after the attack. Police believe the married mother of three, did not know who the attacker was, Al Nahyan said.

After the attack, the suspect placed a primitive bomb in front of the home where an American Muslim doctor lives, said Al Nahyan, adding that authorities have in their possession, video showing the woman placing the bomb in front of the house.

The doctor’s son discovered the object and immediately called police, who defused the device.

Investigators believe that the attacker’s motive was to create chaos and spread fear, Al Nahyan said, additional motives such as terrorism was not mentioned, pending further investigation.

Al Nahyan did not disclose how police identified the suspect. Surveillance video released by police shows the moments before and after the mall stabbing. A veiled figure that police identified as the attacker walks calmly in through a parking lot entrance, speaking to security guards, picking up a paper and disappearing around the corner out of sight.

The video later shows the suspect running to an elevator and then leaving the mall through the same parking lot doors.

The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi issued a warning back in October, informing U.S. citizens of an anonymous Internet post that encouraged attacks against teachers at American and other international schools.

The embassy was unaware of any specific, credible threat at that time, but called on citizens to be vigilant about their personal security.

Reem Island is a newly developed area of Abu Dhabi where many Western expatriates live.

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