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UAE mall murder was ‘personal terrorist act’

‘The accused [had] recently logged into some terrorist websites through which she acquired the terrorism ideology,’ a security source said

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The killer of a U.S. teacher in a shopping mall in the capital Abu Dhabi was not linked to any designated terror organization or political party, and was a “personal terrorist act,” state-run news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

“Given the investigations and the confessions of the accused in the … case, and material evidence collected by the security authorities, the crime that was committed by the accused was a personal terrorist act,” according to WAM, citing an unnamed official security source.

The source added that nothing so far suggests that the accused has links with terrorist organizations or political parties that could be blamed to having incited her to commit the crime.

“The investigations show that the accused has recently logged into some terrorist websites through which she acquired the terrorism ideology and learnt how to manufacture explosives. After scrutiny, the seized materials used in manufacturing were shown to be primitive,” the source said.

Last week, U.S. kindergarten teacher Ibolya Ryan was stabbed in the toilet of an upscale Abu Dhabi shopping. Video footage released by authorities showed a large burqa-clad figure believed to be behind the act.

The suspect also placed a makeshift bomb outside the front door of an apartment of an American doctor living in the UAE less than two hours after Monday's killing. The bomb was dismantled and no one was hurt.

Later footage showed a raid by armed police on the home of the suspect, said to be a 38-year-old local woman of Yemeni origin.

The investigation had shown that the killer selected her victims “randomly.”

“She had no plan to kill any American or any other nationality, but was looking simply for anyone who looks foreign in terms of language and color.”