COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government plans to increase security for tourists after suspected Islamic extremists stabbed three foreigners in the Indian Ocean nation.
The National Security Council was working with the police and other agencies to find out more about the attack, its motives and the perpetrators, the president’s office said.
Six suspects have been arrested in connection with the wounding of two Chinese nationals and an Australian.
The three were stabbed outdoors in separate attacks Tuesday on Hulhumale Island, adjoining the airport island in the capital region. The government says the three are recovering in a hospital.
The security council met with tourism industry representatives Thursday to consult about enhancing security in areas frequented by tourists, the statement from the president’s office said. It wasn’t specific about the measures that were planned.