Woman held as suspect in mall stabbing




ABU DHABI: UAE police have arrested a local woman on suspicion of stabbing to death an American teacher in a toilet at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall.

Colonel Rashid Borshid of the Abu Dhabi police said yesterday that the suspect also placed a makeshift bomb outside the front door of an apartment of an American doctor living in the UAE less than two hours after Monday’s killing.

The bomb was dismantled and no one was hurt.

The stabbing victim was identified by ABC News and other US media as kindergarten teacher Ibolya Ryan, the Romanian-born mother of 11-year-old twins.

The suspect had been filmed on security cameras at the mall wearing an abaya and gloves.

‘The suspect is now in police custody,’ Interior Minister Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said.

Asked if police saw the stabbing as a terrorist attack, Borshid said: ‘This is under investigation now.’

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