Incident Summary:

12/01/2014: A female assailant attacked a United States (US) teacher in the Reem Island mall, Abu Dhabi city, Abu Dhabi emirate, United Arab Emirates. The teacher, Ibolya Ryan, was killed in the attack. This was one of two attacks targeting US civilians carried out by the same assailant on the same day. An unknown group claimed responsibility for the incident and Dalal al Hashemi confessed to having carried out the attack.



United Arab Emirates

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Kindergarten Teacher: Ibolya Ryan
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A butcher knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UAE: Stabbing of US teacher a 'lone terrorist act'," The Associated Press, December 7, 2014.
"Suspect Is Held in Killing of American in Abu Dhabi," The New York Times, December 5, 2014.
"Woman who stabbed American teacher in Abu Dhabi didn't act alone," New York Post, December 5, 2014.