“The stabbing comes on the heels of a security warning from the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi in late October, advising Americans of a ‘recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website that encouraged attacks against teachers at American and other international schools in the Middle East.'”
The United Arab Emirates’ interior minister said Thursday that police have arrested a female suspect in the killing of an American schoolteacher in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall.
After carrying out the murder at the Boutik Mall on the capital’s Reem Island, the attacker also left a makeshift bomb at the house of a 46-year-old Egyptian-American doctor in the prominent waterfront Corniche area, authorities revealed.
One of the doctor’s sons discovered the device as he headed out for sunset prayers at a local mosque, and police were able to dismantle it before it could cause any damage, Interior Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said.
The bomb, which authorities described as primitive, included small gas cylinders, a lighter, glue and nails.
Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also deputy prime minister, said the attacker targeted her victims based on their nationality alone in an attempt to create chaos and terrorize the country. He called the stabbing a crime that is “alien to our secure country.”
“The victim of this brutal crime was a schoolteacher who was committed to building strong future generations,” he told reporters.
Police said the teacher was stabbed to death Monday by an attacker wearing the full black veil commonly worn by women throughout the Gulf Arab region.
The identity of the attacker has not yet been revealed, but the teacher who was killed was identified Wednesday by the recruiting firm who placed her.
Ben Glickman, CEO of Canadian-based Footprints Recruiting, confirmed to FoxNews.com that the victim was Ibolya Ryan, 47, the mother of 11-year-old twin boys.
Ryan was Hungarian, born in Romania, and later became an American citizen. She trained in the U.S. as a teacher before being assigned to the United Arab Emirates in September 2013, Glickman said.
The boys’ father, from whom Ryan was divorced, flew to the UAE to collect the boys, Glickman said.
The stabbing comes on the heels of a security warning from the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi in late October, advising Americans of a “recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website that encouraged attacks against teachers at American and other international schools in the Middle East…..