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US doctor tells of Abu Dhabi bomb terror drama

American doctor was also targeted by Emirati female suspect in murder of US teacher Ibolya Ryan

US doctor tells of Abu Dhabi bomb terror drama

An American doctor who was targeted by a makeshift bomb planted at his doorstep by the veiled Emirati female suspect in the murder of a US teacher, has praised the efforts of the Abu Dhabi Police.

Police defused the bomb, saving his life and the lives of his family members and neighbours.

The US citizen, named only as MHH by news agency WAM, also hailed the professionalism of Abu Dhabi Police in dealing with the case and with its intended victims.

The suspect, named by US media as Dalal al Hashemi, a 38 year-old UAE citizen of Yemeni origin was arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder of teacher Ibolya Ryan and is also accused of planting a bomb in front of the doctor's home.

MHH said in comments published by WAM: "They relayed to me directly the details of what was going on", adding that following the incident, he had received a phone call from Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

"The phone call from His Highness provided great relief during that critical ordeal. It reflects the noble and civilised approach of the leaders and the government's work to consolidate the security and stability of the UAE, for its citizens and residents and visitors alike."

MHH said the rapid response of Abu Dhabi Police was instrumental in saving the lives of his family.

He added that he was surprised to know that the Emirati female attacker had targeted her victims based on their nationality alone, and described the attack as "a cowardly crime that is alien to the good UAE society whose government is keen to show the highest generosity and hospitality".

He said: "This crime is an aggression against innocent people whose only fault is that they are Western nationals."

MHH graduated from the Egyptian Alexandria University's Faculty of Medicine and underwent postgraduate full training in the US. He then practiced in the US and was a teaching faculty member in New Jersey and a nephrologist at York Hospital in York Pennsylvania. He also held an academic post as Assistant Professor of Medicine in Pennsylvania State University. Dr M.H.H was awarded the Physician of the Year award by the Pennsylvania Advisory Board in 2003.

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