A MOROCCAN woman was recovering in hospital yesterday after being stabbed several times by her distraught Yemeni lover at a Manama hotel where she worked. The 30-year-old attacker reportedly bought the knife from a nearby cold store before attacking the woman, who survived stab wounds to her waist and thigh.
Sources told the GDN that the couple had been having an affair for several weeks and had a dispute over money.
The 38-year-old woman was reportedly at the hotel's coffee shop when the man, who was said to be drunk, dragged her to the floor by pulling her hair and then stabbed her several times.
The hotel security manager, who did not wish to be named, said the man was hysterical when he restrained him.
He said he called the police and an ambulance for the woman, who was in a lot of pain and bleeding.
"The man was saying how proud he was for being Yemeni and working for the BDF and continued to say how he is not scared for doing what he did because he knows that he will be set free for being a soldier," he told the GDN.
The security manager said the man had told them about shopping for a knife to stab the woman, while he was being restrained until police arrived to arrest him.
"He actually went into a cold store to ask for a knife in order to kill someone and the salesman refused to give him a knife," he said.
The man then went into the next cold store and bought potatoes, onions and carrots, and then asked the salesman for a knife in order to cut the vegetables.
"Before entering the hotel the man hid the vegetables he bought between plants at the entrance of the hotel and picked up a rock and hid it in his jacket," he said.
"The man told us that the rock he put in his jacket was to fend off anyone trying to arrest him."
The woman had to undergo surgery at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).
SMC sources said the woman was in stable condition.
Police are believed to have questioned her yesterday in connection with the attack.