Three arrested for kidnapping 17 year old in Sh. Atoll

Maldives Police during a raid operation | Photo: Shuaib Mohamed Iqbal

Male’, Maldives – Maldives Police Service (MPS) has arrested three individuals for kidnapping a 17 year old from an island in Sh. Atoll.

While the minor was kidnapped on this Sunday night, Police received information of the murder on the following day. An investigation on this case began yesterday after a team from MPS and Gender Ministry dispatched to the island. Local news Mihaaru reports that Gender Ministry has confirmed the minor’s safety.

According to the Police, a 31 year old male and a 26 year old male was arrested yesterday under a court order over the kidnapping case. Details of the third individual has not been revealed yet.

The authorities have refrained from revealing the reason for the kidnapping along with the details of the injuries the teenager suffered due to the sensitivity of the case.

Previously in June 2021, a kidnapped 13 year old’s body was found discarded in sea of Hulhumalé Phase 2 following a 48-hour search. In February 2021, a 17 year old teen was murdered in a gang altercation in GA. Atoll.