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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates » Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have executed a woman with links to Islamic extremists who was convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall.

Ahmed al-Dhanhani, attorney general for the state security prosecution, told state news agency WAM that Alaa Bader Abdullah al-Hashemi was put to death Monday morning.

Her execution was carried out following the approval of the president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, just two weeks after the country’s top court found her guilty of murdering 47-year-old schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan in a mall restroom on the Emirati capital’s upscale Reem Island.

Al-Hashemi was also found guilty of sending money to al-Qaida in Yemen and publishing information with the intent to harm the reputation of the UAE.

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