Children playing on the uninhabited island of Kadimma in Dhaalu Atoll yesterday discovered a cache of explosives hidden in the bushes.
Police and the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) have not revealed the nature of the explosives, however images in local media revealed the ordinance to be grenades of modern appearance.
The children were attending a picnic on the island when the discovery was made. Following the find, a second group of islanders told radio station SunFM that they found eight such explosives on the island and threw them away.
Police Sergent Abdul Muhusin said the MNDF was investigating the case and that police could not comment on the issue.
MNDF Major Abdul Raheem told SunFM that an expert was now investigating the explosives.