Sri Lankan sniper arrested in Maldives – Maldivian media reports

Sri Lankan sniper arrested in Maldives – Maldivian media reports

Written by Lahiru Fernando

05 Nov, 2015 | 9:38 pm

Maldivian media reported on Thursday, November 5, that the Maldivian Police has arrested a sniper believed to be of Sri Lankan origin.

Maldivian sources state that the sniper, who was arrested a week ago, remains in custody and is believed to have served in the Sri Lankan military.

According to Maldivian Media, the arrest had been made following the discovery of a sniper rifle bullet following a raid which was carried out in October, in a discovery which is considered the biggest weapons bust in the recent history of the Maldives.

Speaking to News 1st, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Maldives and the Army Media Spokesperson, said that they cannot provide an official statement as they have not received  details regarding the individual or the arrest as of yet.

Maldivian Media reported that the Maldivian authorities, neither confirmed nor denied the arrest. However, Maldivian Media further added that security forces cautioned the public on Wednesday November 4, to be wary of more illegal weapons on the loose.

The news of the arrest comes at a backdrop where the president of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency, citing a threat to citizens’ safety and national security.

Meanwhile, the family members of Ahmed Ashraf, the youth who was arrested  November 1, on suspicion for the assassination attempt on Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom have filed a case at the Gangodawila Court citing that the procedure followed to make the arrest was marred with errors.

When journalists questioned the Media Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign affairs regarding the matter, Spokesperson Maheshini Kolonne stated the nature of the inquiry is unclear, and noted however that the details will be shared with the media once obtained by the Ministry.

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