Masked men forcibly entered a home in the Maradhoo ward of Addu City around 7:30am this morning and assaulted a father and son, reports local media.
The 47-year-old man and his 17-year-old son were taken to the Hithadhoo regional hospital for treatment of injuries.
The masked men also damaged property and electronic equipment at the ‘Aanika’ residence. According to online news outlet CNM, a two-year-old girl was also injured in the attack and sustained a head wound.
The incident follows the arrest of a 23-year-old from Maradhoo yesterday on suspicion of attacking a 34-year-old with a machete the previous night (November 21).
Police said he was arrested with a court order from his home in Maradhoo.
The suspect in custody has a criminal record for drug abuse, violent assault, theft, and assaulting a police officer on duty, police said.
While sources from Maradhoo suggested to local media that this morning’s incident was related to Friday night’s stabbing, police have not confirmed any connection.
Following a spate of stabbings this year, the government has proposed the strengthening of laws prohibiting the carrying of sharp weapons, including restricting the constitutional rights to remain silent and retain legal counsel.