The Maldives Police Services has completed a three-day training on first responses to terrorism this morning.
The programme held in partnership with the US State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security trained 71 police officers.
A Sri Lankan counter-terrorism analyst told Indian Media last week that Maldives is a target of regional terrorists.
Rohan Gunaratna who heads the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University said a Sri Lankan national arrested in Chennai on suspicion on terrorist activities had been planning to launch attacks on locations in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India.
Meanwhile, The Maldives government has said funds are being raised in the country to support terrorism abroad, a recent US State Department country report on terrorism said.
The report also noted growing concern since 2010 “about the activities of a small number of local violent extremists involved with transnational terrorist groups.”
“There has been particular concern that young Maldivians, including those within the penal system, may be at risk of becoming radicalized and joining violent Islamist extremist groups. Links have been made between Maldivians and violent extremists throughout the world,” the report stated.