The Maldivian Democratic Party has claimed that extremist ideology is fast spreading within the country’s military and police forces. It alleged in a statement that most of the militants travelling from the Maldives to foreign countries “in the name of jihad” are members of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and Maldives Police Services (MPS).
There have been concerns regarding funds of unknown nature being transferred to foreign parties through Maldivian banks. The U.S. State Department also released a report claiming that the Maldivian authorities had the knowledge of funds for terrorism being raised in the country. The Ministry of Defence and National Security, however, has responded strongly to the accusations, describing them as “baseless and untrue”.