Maldives rejects FBI report on boat bomb blast

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The Maldives government insisted that its president had survived an assassination attempt on his boat even though the FBI found no evidence of a bomb blast that led to the arrest of his deputy.

President Abdulla Yameen was unharmed in an explosion on his speedboat on September 28 that slightly injured his wife and was described by authorities as an attempt on the leader's life.

Police arrested Vice President Ahmed Adeeb almost a month later for treason, fuelling fears of fresh political turmoil in the honeymoon islands after a series of sackings of senior government officials.

Home Minister Umar Naseer said he had received a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which found no evidence that a bomb caused the explosion.

But Naseer described the US agency's report as "inconclusive", adding that Saudi Arabian and Sri Lankan investigators had confirmed the likelihood of a bomb.

"The FBI report only said there wasn't conclusive evidence found from the scene to suggest that an explosive device had been used to trigger the blast," Naseer told reporters in the capital Male.

"The US team had taken 10 samples, but none of which had shown traces of an explosive."

"The Saudi forensic team had taken a total of six samples for analysis. Traces of high-grade explosives were found from one of the samples. This finding is also backed by the team from Sri Lanka," he said without releasing their findings.

The FBI found that debris from the blast, at first considered possible remnants of a bomb, were in fact parts of the boat, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

The Maldives asked the US, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, India and Australia for help with the blast investigation.

Since the explosion, the president has ordered a major shake-up of his security and sacked several of his ministers, while several of Adeeb's associates have also been arrested.(AFP)
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  • ceynco Thursday, 05 November 2015 05:07 AM

    After a high explosive blast the remanant goes into small atomic parts.then the remains are very small or nothing such a blast. Totally decision is drawn on physical characteristic of the blast

    Sam Tuesday, 03 November 2015 10:23 AM

    FBI for sure knows the truth. But are they telling the same is the problem. But we know our guys they are good if they allowed to do their job without any interference.

    lkboy Monday, 02 November 2015 04:08 PM

    what a shame to FBI.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 02 November 2015 05:30 PM

    Maldivians and Sri Lankans are of the same gene. Remember, Athulathmudali assassination where a poor Tamil boy became the scape goat for a right royal state sponsored assassination. What about Raviraj, Ekneligoda, Lasantha.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 02 November 2015 05:33 PM

    FBI is one that has taught both Sri Lanka and Saudi of what is forensics, explosives and analytics. USA also possess the very best equipment and knowledge for this and certainly not idiotic countries like Saudi and SL. Therefore, it is up to Maldives to believe in what they prefer to believe for their own ulterior agendas instead of the real truth.

    shak Monday, 02 November 2015 06:22 PM

    may be its FBIs plan to neutralise the president and bring the Vice President to power.. via DM iOS App

    abey Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:52 AM

    USA always using their instruments ,arms, knowledge according to their agenda. Idiots like USA UK wants to unrest among Asian countries

    gayan Monday, 02 November 2015 07:01 PM

    FBI / USA behind the bomb maybe?

    stardust Monday, 02 November 2015 07:10 PM

    Most of the Maledivians wait for springtime to come....


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