US teacher stabbed to death in UAE mall




An American teacher and a mother of twins was stabbed to death in a shopping centre toilet in Abu Dhabi by a suspect in a Muslim veil, police said yesterday.

It was unclear what the motive was for Monday’s attack in the upmarket Boutik Mall on Al Reem Island, which is popular with expats.

Police said the 37-year-old victim, who worked at a nursery school in Abu Dhabi, was stabbed by a person wearing a black robe, black gloves and a niqab.

Her 11-year-old twins were taken into police care until their father arrived from abroad.

Police released CCTV footage showing the suspect walking in and out of the mall, and photographs of the knife used in the attack in a washroom following what they described as an “altercation”.

“The victim was stabbed with a sharp object following an argument in the ladies toilets,” the head of Abu Dhabi’s police criminal investigations department, Colonel Rashid Bourscheid, said.

Police are still trying to determine the reasons for the attack and the identity of the suspect, who fled the scene, he said.

According to reports, an employee at a nearby restaurant heard two women arguing in the toilet and one threatening: “Sit down or I’ll kill you”.

The American died after being taken to hospital.

In a similar attack last Saturday an assailant stabbed and wounded a Canadian while he shopped at a mall in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahran. In another attack, a Danish national was shot and wounded in the Saudi capital Riyadh last month – an attack that terrorist group Islamic State claimed was carried out by its supporters.

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