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UAE woman executed for killing American teacher

DUBAI: The UAE executed an Emirati woman on Monday for killing an American kindergarten teacher and trying to bomb an American-Egyptian doctor in militant-inspired attacks, the state news agency WAM reported.

Ala’a Badr Abdullah Al-Hashemi, 31, was found guilty of setting up a social media account to spread militant ideology with the aim of undermining the government, and of giving money to militant organizations for attacks, WAM said.

Media, quoting security officials, said she was shot by firing squad.

Hashemi was sentenced to death on June 29 on terrorism charges for stabbing Romanian-born Ibolya Ryan, a mother of 11-year-old twins, in the toilet of an Abu Dhabi shopping mall on Dec. 14 and for attempting to bomb an American-Egyptian doctor.

Hashemi placed a makeshift bomb outside the front door of the doctor’s apartment hours after killing Ryan but the device was safely dismantled, according to evidence submitted at the trial.

 

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Police said last year that Hashemi had become radicalized over the Internet and had not been targeting an American in particular but was looking for a foreigner to kill at random.

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