FBI: no evidence of bomb in Maldives president boat explosion

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Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – There was no evidence that an explosion on the Maldives’ president’s boat in September was caused by a bomb according to US forensic experts, news reports said.

Material provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned out to be “components from the boat and not the components of an improvised explosive device,” the bureau said, the Colombo Page reported.

On September 28 a speedboat carrying President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to the capital Male exploded. Gayoom was unharmed while his wife and two aides were injured.

A Maldivian enquiry found last month that the blast was caused by an explosive device, the Colombo Page report said.

Vice President Ahmed Adheeb has been arrested for alleged involvement, along with five Maldives nationals detained in Malaysia and deported last Friday.

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