The main suspect in the murder of an American kindergarten teacher in the restroom of an Abu Dhabi mall has been arrested and is in police custody. Victims of the attacks were picked based on the color of their skin and their nationality and apparently, the suspect’s home was a base of terror operations.
Good job, UAE. First you put CAIR on your list of terrorist organizations, now you quickly apprehend the killer of the teacher.
UK Daily Mail A woman suspected of stabbing an American teacher to death in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall has been arrested during a dramatic night-time raid. The ‘face covered’ suspect is an Emirati national in her late 30s, said Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed al Nahyan, the minister of the interior for the United Arab Emirates, at a press conference on Thursday. Her name was not released.
This as UAE police have also told ABC News that the suspect was ‘not lone wolf’ and her house was ‘a base of operations’. The woman was wearing a burka when she allegedly stabbed 47-year-old mother-of-two Ibolya Ryan, who once lived in Colorado, in a mall restroom on Reem Island on Monday.
An hour after the stabbing, the suspect then planted a home-made bomb outside the house of a Muslim Egyptian-American doctor, Sheikh Saif said. But the device, which was made of small gas cylinders, a lighter, glue and nails, was successfully dismantled after one of the man’s sons found it.
Sheikh Saif added that the woman targeted her victims based solely on their nationality and did not know either of them. He said she ‘aimed to create chaos, shake the security in the country and terrorize people in the UAE’ – although investigations are still continuing into her exact motive.
On Thursday, authorities released dramatic video footage showing the suspect’s arrest during a night-time raid. It shows a SWAT team swooping on the home at night and bursting through the front door – forcing a man to the ground at gunpoint and dragging the woman away in handcuffs.
The footage, which was released by Abu Dhabi Police, also shows images of what appear to be home-made bombs at the house, as well as stashes of knives.
There are also shots showing the same white SUV that the suspect was seen driving from the scene of the crime. Blood can be seen on the steering wheel and a black suitcase – identical to the one she allegedly carried to the doctor’s apartment – are also shown in the police video.
The teacher was stabbed to death by an attacker wearing the black veil commonly worn by women throughout the Gulf Arab region. Witnesses told MailOnline she was stabbed as many as six times. Detectives previously released CCTV footage which showed how the suspect lay in wait for the teacher for an hour – which suggested the attack was a targeted murder.
Mrs Ryan, who was Hungarian-born, raised in Romania and trained as a teacher in the U.S., was left in a pool of blood after what police said was a ‘brawl’ in the toilets of the upmarket Bourik Mall.
As security guards rushed to the scene of the killing, her attacker calmly got in an elevator and walked out into the car park. The assailant left behind the weapon, a large kitchen knife. In the newly-released video, the suspect is then seen heading towards the doctor’s home with a small black suitcase. A security guard said he saw her enter and then leave quickly.
The bomb was spotted when the doctor’s son was going to mosque in the evening to pray and noticed the strange object in front of the house. Colonel Rashid Bourshid, head of the criminal investigation department, said: ‘The doctor who was targeted with the bomb, 46-year-old MH, informed the security guard about the strange package in front of his door.
‘The guard in turn informed the police who rushed to the spot and evacuated the site. They dismantled the bomb and identified its primitive components that included small gas cylinders, a lighter, glue, and nails to cause maximum injuries when detonated.’