Arsonist arrested for starting Dubai Outlet Mall fire

Dubai Outlet Mall fire suspect confessed to starting the blaze following a heated argument
Some the cars that were burnt in the fire at Dubai Outlet Mall and the Asian suspect (right). Image: Dubai Police.
By Staff writer
Mon 14 May 2018 09:09 AM

Dubai Police have arrested an alleged arsonist for starting a blaze near Dubai Outlet Mall that left 11 cars gutted, police announced on Sunday.

According to police, police investigating the blaze quickly determined that the blaze was intentional, as the vehicles were parked in a safe area and no other burning materials were found in the vicinity of the incident.

Officers of the Criminal Investigation Department quickly identified the suspect, an Asian man who was arrested at his home while preparing to flee the UAE.

During questioning by police, the suspect – a bus driver tasked with transporting workers to the Outlet Mall - confessed that he started the fire in retaliation against another driver of the same nationality after the pair had a heated disagreement.

Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, the assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, praised the rapid response of officers from the Bur Dubai police station that led to the arrest.

The suspect has been referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution for further investigation.

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