On Thursday, April 16, the Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the April 15 arson attack in the town of Mahibadhoo (Southern Ari Atoll). The attack, the group's first-ever in the country, destroyed at least five boats that belonged to the Maldivian government, including a sea ambulance and police boat. A police investigation is ongoing as of Thursday.
Further attacks are possible over the near term.
Individuals in the Maldives are advised to monitor developments to the situation, report suspicious objects and behavior to police, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.