Maldives, foreign experts probe explosion on president’s speedboat

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Colombo (dpa) – International experts arrived in the Maldives Tuesday to help a probe into an explosion on president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s speedboat, officials said.

Yameen escaped unhurt from Monday’s incident, but the blast left his wife and two others injured.

An agent from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and a team of Saudi Arabian forensic experts arrived Tuesday to support the inquiry as crew members were being questioned.

The probe comes despite the Maldives ruling out a possible assassination attempt on the president and hinting that it was a mechanical defect.

“We believe it was an accident. Authorities are checking the maintenance records of the vessel,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef, a minister at the president’s office told a news conference in Colombo.

He said they were expecting experts from Australia and India to join the investigations.

The president’s wife Fathimath suffered minor bone fractures.

Five of the crew members of who served on the presidential speedboat are being questioned by the police.

Yameen was elected in November 2013. He defeated former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is serving a 13-year jail term for illegally ordering the detention of the nation’s chief judge.

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