Woman Who Killed US Teacher in UAE ‘Lone Terrorist’

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This image made from video released by the Abu Dhabi police department on Dec. 2, 2014 shows a veiled suspect in the stabbing of an American teacher in a shopping mall restroom as seen on security camera footage in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP)
This image made from video released by the Abu Dhabi police department on Dec. 2, 2014 shows a veiled suspect in the stabbing of an American teacher in a shopping mall restroom as seen on security camera footage in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP)

DUBAI (Reuters) A UAE woman who killed an American teacher last week has been inspired by “terrorist ideology” acquired through the Internet but investigators have found no links to militant groups, the state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

Police on Thursday said they had arrested the UAE national last week after the kindergarten teacher, identified as Romanian-born Ibolya Ryan, a mother of 11-year-old twins, was stabbed and killed in a toilet at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall.

The unidentified woman also placed a makeshift bomb outside the front door of an apartment of an Egyptian-American doctor living in the UAE less than two hours after Monday’s killing, police said adding that the bomb was safely dismantled.

WAM, quoting a security source, said that investigation of the woman showed that the “crimes she had committed are the result of a personal instigation and a lone terrorist act.”

“The suspect had been visiting some terrorist electronic websites, which are widespread on the Internet and which had enabled the detainee to acquire the terrorist ideology and to study bomb-making,” the security source said, according to WAM.
It said explosives seized by police showed they are of the primitive kind.
WAM said the probe also showed that the woman had not planned to kill an American but was looking for a foreigner to attack at random.“As such, these crimes are considered to be of one’s personal instigation and a lone terrorist act that is so far not linked to any terrorist organization,” the agency said.

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