Maldives has denied reports that one of the suicide bombers involved in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka had traveled to the Maldives “in the past five years or even beyond that.”
While reports of Sri Lankan national Moulvi Zahran Hashim travel to the Maldives recently, Immigration via twitter said that he “has not traveled to Maldives in the past five years of even beyond that.”
“Reports alleging that [Moulvi Zahran Hashim] visited the Maldives during the said period are unsubstantiated and incorrect,” it noted, and called on the media to verify such information from authorities concerned before circulating in public “to avoid confusion and disruption” at this difficult time.
Further noting that it is aware of the “current dynamics,” Maldives Immigration said that it is working “with local and international security agencies, prioritizing border security measures, to counter terrorism and related cross-border crimes.”
More than 350 people were killed in the deadliest attack in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war 10 years ago, with at least 500 injured. Sunday’s blasts targeted three churches as well as four hotels. Two days after the attack, the Islamic State claimed responsibility. While it did not provide any evidence, Sri Lanka fears "international terror links."
Sri Lankan authorities have apprehended 50 suspects, in connection to the attacks.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday, stated that the “inhumane and cowardly” attacks in the neighboring country “is a threat to the whole region.”