Posted on March 3rd, 2020

Giriraj Bhattacharjee Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On February 22, 2020, in response to reports of an attempted terror attack, the Maldives Police raided three houses on the Naifaru island of Lhaviyani Atoll. According to the Police, the residences were of three individuals accused of planning to set off an explosive device on the island.

On February 13, 2020, the Maldives Police arrested an Islamist extremist from an undisclosed location for his suspected role in a February 4, 2020, stabbing incident. Earlier, on February 6, 2020, six extremists were arrested in the same case from an undisclosed locations.

Significantly, on February 4, 2020, Islamist extremists, suspected to be inspired by the Islamic State (IS, aka Daesh), stabbed and injured three foreign nationals – two Chinese and one German – near Hulhumale Redbull Park Futsal Ground in the Hulhumale city of Kaffu Atoll. In a video posted on Telegram channel Al-Mustaqim Media,some people speaking in Dhivehi (the native language of the Maldives), claimed responsibility for the attack. They alleged that the Maldivian Government was being run by infidels and warned of more attacks in the future. Police are probing the authenticity of the video.

The last attack by Islamist radicals was reported in December 2019 (date not available), when a Turkish national was stabbed in Hulhumale city.

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