The American women who was stabbed to death by a burqa-clad Muslim woman in Abu Dhabi this week has been identified as Hungarian-born Ibolya Ryan, age 47.
Abu Dhabi police have arrested a suspect, whom they said also planted a bomb at an American doctor’s home. Below is a dramatic video of the arrest of the suspected killer.
United Arab Emirates official said the woman, who has confessed but whose name has not been released, selected her targets based “on nationality alone and had nothing to do with personal issues.”
“She aimed to create chaos, shake the security in the country, and terrorize people in the UAE,” police added.
The attacker stabbed Ryan, a divorced mother of three children, including two 11-year-old twins, in a rest room in the posh Boutik Mall on Reem Island on Monday afternoon.
She left behind the bloodstained knife she used to murder Ryan.
“After committing the ruthless crime…the suspect moved to another location later that day to plant a primitive bomb in front of an Arab-American doctor’s home — a doctor who has dedicated his life to saving the lives of others,” the UAE interior minister said.
“One of his sons discovered the bomb while he was heading to the mosque for the sunset prayer. Security forces were able to dismantle the bomb at the right time before it was detonated.”
A video showed the murderer was driven away from the mall, and armed police arrested the woman after raiding a house where the car was parked.
Ryan had described herself as a kindergarten teacher who has worked in four countries over the last 15 years and that she wanted to “experience the Arab world…their culture and daily life.”
She paid with her life to do so.