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Maldives: Explosive was under president's usual seat on boat

Device that exploded on boat last month was placed under president's usual seat, Maldives says

Maldives: Explosive was under president's usual seat on boat

MALE, Maldives (AP) -- The government of the Maldives says the explosion on the presidential speedboat last month was caused by a device planted under the seat usually occupied by the president, who escaped unhurt because he wasn't seated there.

Home Minister Umar Nazeer told reporters in the capital Male on Tuesday a formal criminal investigation was begun based on that discovery.

Nazeer said President Yameen Abdul Gayoom was not seated in his usual place at the time of the Sept. 28 explosion, which injured his wife, an aide and a bodyguard.

Nazeer said the details emerged in investigations conducted by Sri Lankan forensic experts. Investigators from the U.S.'s FBI, India, Australia and Saudi Arabia have not released the results of their investigation yet.


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:13 GMT+08:00