x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Woman stabbed at Boutik Mall on Reem Island

Witnesses have said a woman was stabbed at Boutik Mall on Reem Island on Monday afternoon.

UPDATE: Abu Dhabi Police confirm American victim was killed in attack and want witnesses to come forward
ABU DHABI // A woman was stabbed at Boutik Mall on Reem Island on Monday afternoon, witnesses said.
Mall employees and shoppers said the altercation took place between two women in the ladies public toilets outside of Waitrose supermarket in the Sun and Sky Tower complex.
By 4pm Abu Dhabi Police and mall security had cordoned off the public bathrooms and one of the elevators outside of Waitrose where blood stains could be seen on the floor and along a rubbish bin by the elevators.
Police on the scene declined to comment on the incident and Aldar Properties, the developer that owns the building, said it would not comment as it was a matter for the police.
One witness, who did not wish to give his name, said he saw a woman bleeding on the floor outside of the supermarket's entrance.
Another witness who works at a restaurant close to where the stabbing took place said the incident occurred in the disabled toilet while she was using the adjacent toilet.
She said she could hear the two women arguing.
"Women go to the bathroom together and gossip, talk and argue all the time," said Vithi Cuc, a Vietnamese who has been working in the mall for over a year.
"But then I heard one of them threatening the other saying 'Sit down or I'll kill you'."
The restaurant employee said she then heard banging sounds from the stall.
"I heard one of them try to call out for help. By this time there were three of us outside the toilet and one of us ran to get security. When the female security guard arrived they told us to leave the bathroom. I was so scared and frightened for her," she said.
The condition of the woman who was stabbed is not known and police did not comment when asked if any arrests were made.
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UPDATE: Abu Dhabi Police confirm American victim was killed in attack and want witnesses to come forward