A 19-year-old victim of an assault in Addu City last night died this morning while undergoing treatment for injuries.
Local media has identified the deceased as Hussain Shiar from the Atheena house in the Hithadhoo ward. He was stabbed in the back and the head.
A police media official said the assault victim passed away around 10:45am. He was being treated at the intensive care unit of the Hithadhoo regional hospital.
The media official said the hospital had reported the assault to police.
No arrests have been made yet. According to local media, Shiar was attacked by masked men who entered his home around 11:00pm last night.
But the police media official said the assault occurred on the street.
In November last year, masked men forcibly entered a home in the Maradhoo ward of Addu City and assaulted a father and son. The incident followed the arrest of a 23-year-old from Maradhoo on suspicion of attacking a 34-year-old with a machete the previous night.
Shiar’s fatal stabbing meanwhile marks the sixth murder this year.
In late March, the police launched a joint security operation with the army following the the murder of a 29-year-old man in Malé.
Police officers and soldiers began patrolling the streets of the capital, checking vehicles, and stopping and searching individuals in an effort to curb gang violence.
A 23-year-old was stabbed to death outside his home in the Henveiru ward of Malé on February 21, whilst a 29-year-old was killed in Laamu Mundoo on March 20.
Two were Bangladeshis also murdered and four expatriates stabbed in a spike in violence against expatriates in March.