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11 Nov 2020 | 05:43 PM UTC

Maldives: Police arrest suspected terrorists during nationwide operation November 11

Police prevent terror attack arresting five suspected terrorists in operation in Maldives on November 11; monitor for developments

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Event

Maldives Police Service claimed to have foiled a terror attack organized by a group of religious extremists on Wednesday, November 11, coinciding with nationwide Republic Day celebrations. Five suspected terrorists were arrested in various locations amid the operation; one suspect was arrested in the capital Malé, three from a vessel at sea, and one from Thimarafushi island. Police have not released further details surrounding the terror attack as the operation and investigations remain ongoing.

A heightened security presence should be expected across the Maldives in the near term, with further security operations possible.

Advice

Those in the Maldives are advised to monitor the situation for developments, remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity or persons, and heed any directives issued by security forces and local authorities.

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