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Maldives arrests vice president for 'assassination bid'

24 October 2015, 17:38

Male -Maldives police have arrested Vice President Ahmed Adeeb on suspicion of links to a blast on the presidential boat last month that President Yameen Abdul Gayoom escaped unharmed.

Police spokesperson Ismail Ali said Adeeb was arrested at the airport when he returned from an official visit to China. He said Adeeb has been taken to a detention centre on an island.

The September 28 explosion took place on board the speedboat when Gayoom and his wife were returning to the capital from the airport after a Haj journey to Saudi Arabia. The airport of the archipelago state is on a separate island.

Gayoom escaped unhurt but his wife, an aide and a bodyguard were injured.

Authorities said initially the blast could be a result of a mechanical failure.

But they announced later the blast was an attempt to assassinate Gayoom and launched a criminal investigation. The device was placed under the seat usually occupied by the president, who escaped unhurt because he was not sitting there, the government said.

Adeeb has denied that he was linked to the explosion, the AP news agency reported.

- Aljazeera


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