Ex­trem­ist Net­work

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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”.

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