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EFSAS comments on the arrest of 14 people in an IS terror plot in the Maldives


The counter-terrorism head of the Maldives, Uswath Ahmed, told reporters on the night of 14 November that the arrested individuals had been working with the Islamic State (IS) group and were planning an attack with the intent of causing mass casualties. They had been apprehended on 11 November after raids were carried out in 13 homes in three locations in the country. The arrests highlight not only the significant increase in religious extremism in the Maldives in recent years, but also the dangers that the apparent fading of focus on international terrorism presents on the global stage.