ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: The United Arab Emirates’ interior minister said Thursday that police have arrested a female suspect in the stabbing death of an American schoolteacher in the country’s capital and revealed that the attacker also planted a bomb outside the home of another American.
Interior Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the makeshift bomb was left at the house of an American doctor and that police dismantled it after it was discovered by one of the physician’s sons.
Word of the gruesome killing in a public restroom at a mall in Abu Dhabi has rattled the Emirates, a Western-allied, seven-state Gulf federation that includes the glitzy commercial hub of Dubai. It is home to a large foreign-born population, who far outnumber Emirati citizens.
Police say the teacher was stabbed to death by a butcher’s knife-wielding attacker wearing the full black veil commonly worn by women throughout the Gulf Arab region.
Footprints Recruiting, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based teacher recruitment company that found a job for the victim, identified her as Ibolya Ryan.
“We await the results of the ongoing police investigation before making conclusions about why this senseless tragedy occurred,” the company said. “We are confident that the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular remains a safe environment in which to live and work.”
Police earlier said the victim had 11-year-old twins and that they were being kept in protective custody until their father, who is the victim’s ex-husband, arrived in the country.