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UAE Cops Arrest Woman in American Teacher's Murder

Abu Dhabi police say suspect also put bomb outside another American's home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2014 8:57 AM CST

(Newser) – The United Arab Emirates' interior minister says that police have arrested a female suspect in the stabbing death of an American schoolteacher in the country's capital and reveals 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. Police say the teacher was stabbed to death in a public restroom at an Abu Dhabi mall by a butcher's knife-wielding attacker wearing the full black veil commonly worn by women throughout the Gulf Arab region. Footprints Recruiting, a Canada-based teacher recruitment company that found a job for the victim, identified her as Ibolya Ryan.

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Word of the gruesome killing has rattled the Emirates, a Western-allied, seven-state Gulf federation that includes the glitzy commercial hub of Dubai. It's home to a large foreign-born population, which far outnumbers Emirati citizens. "We await the results of the ongoing police investigation before making conclusions about why this senseless tragedy occurred," Footprints Recruiting says. "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's the victim's ex-husband, arrives in the country. (In more positive UAE news, this woman is a national hero.)

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