Suspect behind Abu Dhabi mall murder arrested
Shaikh Saif says Emirati suspect also planted bomb in front of American doctor’s house in Abu Dhabi
Video evidence: CCTV images released by Abu Dhabi Police show the suspected walking into Al Reem Island’s Boutique Mall on Monday afternoon. The same figure is seen leaving the mall after more than an hour.
Abu Dhabi: The main suspect in the murder of an American kindergarten teacher in the restroom of an Abu Dhabi mall has been arrested and is in police custody, Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, announced at a press conference Thursday.
Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, at a press conference on Thursday, announcing the arrest of the suspect seen behind the Abu Dhabi mall murder.
The suspected being arrested by a member of the police raiding team
The handcuffed suspect being taken by police out of a villa.
The raiding team inside the suspect’s villa
Blood-stained steering wheel of the 4×4 vehicle used by the suspect.
Some of the crude bomb making materials police found in the suspect’s home
Gas canisters stashed inside the suspect’s bag
A petrol jerry can found with the suspect
A pair of two-way radios found in the suspect’s possession:
Shaikh Saif said the suspect is a 38-year-old Emirati woman. Police arrested her within 48 hours of the crime.
“We worked around the clock until the law enforcement officers of Abu Dhabi Police managed to unveil her identity despite her best efforts to destroy all evidence that could have led to her arrest,” Shaikh Saif said.
The police commando team members search the villa where the suspect was found
The same suspect also planted a bomb in front of the house of an American doctor in Abu Dhabi, he said.
The suspect, left, following her arrest
The bomb planted by the mall murder suspect near American doctor’s home was crude home-made type, Shaikh Saif said. Similar bombs were found at the suspect’s home.
The police managed to dismantle the bomb near the Muslim-American doctor’s home after his son noticed it while heading for Maghreb prayers.
He also said the victims of the attacks were picked based on the colour of their skin and their nationality. The UAE defends human rights and values of justice and security both domestically and abroad, Shaikh Saif emphasised.