The terror attack plot foiled by the Joint Counter-Terrorism operation of MNDF and Maldives Police Service was the most dangerous terror attack planned to date, Defence Minister Mariya Didi has said.
Speaking at the event held at S. Gan on Thursday night to mark the 29th Anniversary of MNDF, Minister Mariya said the Administration is taking measures to curb the spread of extremism. She noted that extremism is rather widespread in the nation, with many individuals dedicating their time and energy to plot terror attacks.
She added that terror attacks would have adverse effects on the Maldives which is highly dependent on tourism for its economy, noting that terror attack impacts would last for years. She noted that MNDF needs to be vigilant on cyber spaces as extremist ideology is mostly spread on the internet nowadays.
Fourteen arrests have been made following the joint counter-terror operation in Male’ City, Addu City, and K. Guraidhoo in November.