Nine arrested from Addu City in connection to extremism: Police

Police arresting an alleged extremist ring leader from Addu City on May 15, 2021 | Photo: adduLIVE

Addu City, Maldives — A total of nine individuals have been arrested from the southernmost Addu City atoll for being a part of or for supporting violent extrimist ideologies.

During an operation that was conducted in Addu City where search and seizure activities were done in several houses, the Police has so far arrested a total of nine individuals for supporting extremism.

While the local news had earlier reported that only seven individuals were arrested during the operation, Police has confirmed that they had arrested nine individuals from Addu City.

In addition, five residences have been searched in Malé in ongoing operations.

While police has not revealed any information on the operation, locals confirm that those arrested today are alleged extremists who spread radical extremist ideologies in Addu City. According to sources, one of the arrestees is a leader of the group operating from the city.

After the May 6 terror attack, the police said that there would be a crack down on terrorists and terrorism supporters, including those posting such content on social media and supporting terrorism on media comment sections as well.

An IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.