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Abu Dhabi shopping mall murder suspect named

US media name 'Reem Island Ghost' as Dalal al Hashemi, a UAE citizen of Yemeni origin

Abu Dhabi shopping mall murder suspect named

The suspect accused of stabbing an American teacher to death at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall has been 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.

Ibolya Ryan, a kindergarten teacher who was the mother of 11-year-old twins, was stabbed to death by someone wearing a black abaya.

The 47-year-old started working in the UAE during the summer of 2013 and had expressed interest in renewing her contract with Abu Dhabi Education Counciil (ADEC) or finding other work in the country.

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

He said: "We stand today before a crime that is alien to our secure country- a crime that has disregarded all human values and norms and targeted innocent people."

He said that the suspect targeted her victims based on nationality alone and had nothing to do with personal issues.

"She aimed to create chaos, shake the security in the country, and terrorise people in the UAE. These intentions have put the government on the highest levels of alert."

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M.AlD 5 years ago

i don't believe the attack is based only on nationality, she deliberately went to commit both crimes the intention is so clear, otherwise how did she know that the woman she stabbed was American or the person behind that door also an American, unless she already known them

i am really sad that people who don't know Islam judge it by the acts of individuals, those who harm others claim to be Muslims

just because one person does something bad in a community doesn't mean that the rest are bad

Expat 5 years ago

I agree. There is no doubt this is an incredibly sad and scary time, however we must not judge all Muslims by these acts. I have lived in the UAE for almost 7 years now and in my experience the people here are all good-hearted and mean no ill intent.

It is important at this time that we join our efforts to overcome these groups. If we start turning against people because of their nationality or religious beliefs, we will be suspicious of everyone not the same as ourselves. Fear can easily turn us against each other but we must remain the majority in this and not let other innocent people become the victims of these acts.

I don't understand why people do these things, but I am quite sure most Muslim people are just as confused.

Unimportant 5 years ago

Yup.. my mum, sister and I, we all wear niqaab and have been SO shocked and moved by this incident. And I highly dislike the way they are judging all Muslims women who wear niqaab as "suspicious" and some women have encountered suspicious looks and a bunch have been told to leave the restrooms just because they were wearing niqaab! I really cannot express my feelings into words, it's just sickening and depressing to see this happen here. We have been living in UAE for 15 years now, ever since I was born. I love UAE with all my heart and I've truly been traumatized by this incident.
I understand why people want to ban niqaab here, but really, it's not fair for people who are absolutely innocent and cover up just to follow their religion. =(