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Police warn against threats of violent attacks to hinder peaceful elections

Shaina Abdulla
11 September 2018, MVT 11:39
Police Press - Ahmed Shifan
Shaina Abdulla
11 September 2018, MVT 11:39

Police, on Monday, stated that the authority received intelligence reports of plots to incite violence throughout the archipelago in an attempt to undermine the credibility of the upcoming presidential election.

Police spokesperson Ahmed Shifan, in a statement, revealed the police had received reports of planned attacks in the capital city Male and other islands ahead of the election slated for September 23.

The plots include arson attacks, vandalism and even murder, Shifan said.

"Police hold key responsibility in ensuring peace and security in the country. Therefore, we urge the attackers to stop immediately. The authorities will capture the culprits behind the plots and take strict action in accordance with the laws", stated Shifan.

The police statement came in the wake of multiple stabbings believed to be gang violence in capital city Male during recent weeks.

The election is set to be a two horse race between President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the opposition coalition's presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu).

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