Suspected jihadists held in Maldives after foreigners stabbed

MALE, Maldives: Maldives police arrested three suspected Islamic extremists Thursday (Feb 6) over the stabbing of three foreigners in the upmarket tourist destination.

Two Chinese men and an Australian were in a stable condition after being stabbed Tuesday, just two months after security officials warned of the presence of violent radicals inspired by the Islamic State group.

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Authorities said were investigating a video released on social media claiming the attack had been carried out by a local group sympathetic to IS.

"The Maldives police service has arrested three suspects under a court warrant in relation to the stabbing of three foreign nationals," police said in a statement.

They were not identified.

Late last year the Maldives arrested a local man described by the United States as a recruiter for IS in Syria and Afghanistan.

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He was also suspected of being involved in a crude bomb attack in the capital Male in September 2007 which injured a dozen tourists.

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