A group of four men have robbed an elderly man of Rf 200,000 (US$13,000) while he was on his way to deposit the money in the bank.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed incident and said police were investigating the case.
‘’The elderly man suffered minor injuries in the incident,’’ Shiyam said, but would not give further details.
According to local newspaper Haveeru, the man was robbed as he walked out from a café inside the Alimas Carnival area.
The paper quoted a witness as saying that as the elderly man walked out, four men on two motorbikes were waiting for him and forced him to give the money to them.
He told the paper that the assailants left a box cutter blade and a sandal in the area as they fled away.
Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission has put up a notice on the High Commission Office notice board informing all Indian citizens residing in the Maldives to take “precautionary measures” while walking in the streets of Male’, and to avoid wearing jewelry.
The High Indian High Commission noted that there were increasing reports of snatch-and-grab incidents lately.