President-Elect Ibrahim Mohammed Solih, on Thursday, promised to make Maldives a safe environment for all citizens, during his term in office.
Solih, who won the recently held presidential election on September 23, expressed hope that a united effort would succeed in making Maldivian society secure, in a tweet posted from his official Twitter account.
In his statement, the President-Elect alluded to the recent surge in gang violence, stating that crime rates had spiralled out of control. Notably, Solih had also repeatedly addressed the issue of high crime rate and gang violence during his election campaign.
While three violent assaults took place within the past month, the most recent case of gang violence resulted in the murder of a 14-year-old minor, Ismail Shaffan Shareef, during the early hours of Thursday.
A 26-year-old man who was stabbed in the capital on Wednesday also remains in critical condition, along with a victim who was assaulted in Addu city earlier this week.
The police announced the launch of a special operation to tackle gang violence in a press release issued on Thursday