An Uzbek woman who caused 13 hours of panic at the Dubai public prosecutor’s office when she threatened to blow herself up was wearing a fake explosive belt, authorities said on Monday.
The woman entered the office with her child on Sunday and said she would detonate explosives strapped to her body unless the authorities forced an Emirati man to admit he is her son’s legal father.
“The matter was successfully resolved and it turned out that the Uzbek woman was wearing a fake explosive belt,” Dubai police tweeted.
A Dubai government statement said negotiations with the woman lasted from midday on Sunday until around 1:30 am on Monday.
“The woman was arrested at the public prosecutor’s office after negotiations without the use of weapons,” the statement said.
Authorities evacuated the building as they negotiated with the woman.
It was the first such incident in the Gulf emirate, home to hundreds of thousands of expats, many of whom are from Russia and ex-Soviet states.