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Abu Dhabi education chief pays tribute to slain US teacher

Ibolya Ryan was a 'loyal teacher' who will be remembered for her 'passion and dedication' - ADEC's Amal Al Qubaisi

Abu Dhabi education chief pays tribute to slain US teacher
American teacher Ibolya Ryan.

Abu Dhabi's education chief has paid tribute to Ibolya Ryan, the American teacher murdered in a shopping mall in the emirate earlier this week.

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) extended her condolences to the family of the slain teacher.

"ADEC lost a loyal teacher who will always be remembered for her passion and dedication by her colleagues," Al Qubaisi said.

She added in comments published by news agency WAM: "The crime comes as an unfortunate surprise given how secure the UAE is. Our UAE society is known for tolerance and harmony among all nationalities.

"We are a country that respects and encourages all cultures to live in peace and security.

"This horrendous incident will not affect the spirit of cooperation among all staff, UAE nationals and expatriates who embody teamwork, loyalty and proactive cooperation among local, regional and international expertise to develop and enhance the level of our students," she said.

Al Qubaisi added that the ADEC will provide the necessary support and care for the family members of the victim until they overcome this critical period.

She also thanked the Ministry of Interior for their efforts in arresting the female suspect.

On Friday, the suspect accused of stabbing the American teacher to death was named by US media as Dalal al Hashemi.

ABC News cited Abu Dhabi Police as saying that the suspect, dubbed the Reem Island Ghost, is a 38 year-old UAE citizen of Yemeni origin.

She was arrested on Thursday in connection with the teacher's murder and is also accused of planting a bomb in front of an Egyptian-American doctor's home.

UAE’s Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Saif, described the case as “an unprecedented heinous crime in the UAE”.

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