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FBI says no bomb in Maldives President boat blast

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appeared Saturday to contradict findings of other fellow investigators including Sri Lankan forensic experts as the US agency said it had found no evidence an explosive device had caused a blast aboard a speedboat carrying the President.
Following the blast, several countries were quick to dispatch experts to the Maldives to help local authorities in their investigation. The international team of investigators included experts from India, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the US.

The Wall Street Journal quoted an unnamed FBI spokesperson as saying that an FBI review of evidence, including an examination of the scene and chemical trace testing, determined that debris from the blast at first considered possible remnants of a bomb were, in fact, parts of the boat.

“There is no conclusive evidence to attribute the explosion on the boat to an IED,’’ the spokesman told the reputed publication.

The FBI’s analysis is in direct contradiction with analysis from other international investigators, including forensic experts from neighbouring Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim were travelling to Male from the airport on September 28 when the explosion took place. They had returned home that morning after concluding their visit to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage.

The president escaped unhurt, but the first lady suffered a spinal fracture. She is still undergoing treatment at the state run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male.

A national enquiry commission set up to investigate the blast on Thursday had said traces of high grade explosives had been found in the chemical analysis of the blast.

In a statement, the commission said the Saudi Arabia forensics report had said trace amounts of RDX had been found in the chemical analysis of the blast.

President Yameen also said Sunday bomb making material had been found in some of the houses searched during the raids.

He had also said that his vice president was arrested last week because he posed a threat to the country and was using his influence within the police force to impede the investigation into the blast.

Vice President Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor was arrested last Saturday over the blast and taken to the police detention centre in the island of Dhoonidhoo in Kaafu Atoll.

Police jointly with the military had been conducting raids across the capital.

Several of the vice president's associates had also been arrested while most of the residences raided by the authorities have had close links to Adheeb.

  Comments - 10

  • Golliwog Sunday, 01 November 2015 02:55 PM

    Ha Ha Ha! As usual and expected Sri Lanka experts have ended up as jokers if not monkeys. How can the death penalty to implemented with this type of infrastructure.

    Lima Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:29 PM


    boris Sunday, 01 November 2015 05:56 PM

    Springtime is due to come in the Maledives.

    CitizenPerera Sunday, 01 November 2015 06:05 PM

    Can the FBI be brough here to Sri lanka to investigate and solve our crimes and criminals living a life of luxury?

    Bull Sunday, 01 November 2015 06:21 PM

    If Sri Lankan Police, they fabricate nice false story and distroy Msldives law and order too

    Cobra Sunday, 01 November 2015 07:26 PM

    Now who are the better sleuths, SL CID or the FBI???

    CitizenPerera Monday, 02 November 2015 01:48 AM

    This was a false flag operation to frame the Maldivian opposition and those within Government against dictator Yameen Gayoom.

    Sri Lanakan Monday, 02 November 2015 08:44 AM

    U surely a from a Tamil diaspora, a supporter of LTTE.

    katie Monday, 02 November 2015 10:29 AM

    Only is Sri Lanka they take long to decide to arrest a President for wrong doings

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 02 November 2015 12:01 PM

    We only have pseudo experts, who act like the "know all", but are actually simple mutts. We do not have the education levels and skills to create persons of this nature.

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