Police interrogate ‘lovers’ of woman cardboard bomber

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Police interrogate ‘lovers’ of woman cardboard bomber Amira Agarib / 4 September 2013 Police are interrogating a number of potential former and current lovers of the woman who threatened to blow up herself, her son and the Dubai Public Prosecution headquarters on Sunday. The woman, 32-year-old Uzbeki Zulfiya Hamraeva who is now in police custody along with her five-year-old son, was engaged in a 13-hour standoff with a Dubai Police negotiating team, which lasted from midday on Sunday till 1.30am on Monday. She entered the building, with what appeared to be a belt of explosives, which she threatened to detonate unless officials recognised her son was fathered by an Emirati man she was in an unofficial Urfi marriage with. However, once the woman was arrested, it transpired the ‘belt’ was a cardboard carton, with two softdrink cans. Officials negotiating with the woman. – Courtesy Twitter Police have been investigating Hamraeva’s background in an effort to determine whether the woman was aided by any person and in what manner, a police source told Khaleej Times . The police have arrested a 33-year-old Emirati man — a captain in one of the country’s services — who was discovered at a flat in Dubai’s Discovery Gardens. The man, understood to be married with children, was the last person Hamraeva was in contact with before committing the stunt. Police have also arrested a Pakistani man who was tracked through CCTV footage, after he dropped Hamraeva off at the Public Prosecution building prior to the incident. The man has reportedly told police he had no romantic connection to the woman, but just dropped her off places from time to time. Police have also allegedly detained a number of other men who Hamraeva had connections to and may have been in relationships with. Police are conducting paternity tests on all the men, as well as interrogating them to determine whether they played any part in helping Hamraeva conduct the bomb scare. Police still have her and her son in custody, while investigations continue, though it appears likely she will be charged with offences relating to affecting UAE security and inciting panic. news@khaleejtimes.com Taylor Scott International

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