Maldives to increase security for tourists after suspected Islamic extremists stabbed three tourists

Maldives government has said it will increase security for tourists after suspected Islamic extremists stabbed three foreign tourists on Tuesday.

President’s office said in a statement that the National Security Council was working with the police and other agencies to find out more about the attack, its motives and the perpetrators.

It said that there is no space in the Maldives for extremist ideologies and that it will take swift measures against extremist activities.

The meeting was convened to discuss the precautionary measures the state is currently undertaking in wake of the violent attack.

Six suspects have been arrested in connection with the wounding of two Chinese and an Australian national.

The three were stabbed outdoors in separate attacks on Hulhumale Island, adjoining capital Male. The Maldives is heavily dependent on tourism and is known for its expensive luxury island resorts.