Police have arrested two additional suspects they were seeking in connection to the gang violence which took place at the intersection of Majeedhee Magu and Janavaree Magu in Male’ City on Monday, May 2, as Maldives marked Eid al-Fitr.
These are two suspects out of the seven suspects sought by the Police in connection to the case.
They have been identified as Ahmed Shimhaz, 22, Seenuge, Th. Thimarafushi and Looth Ahmed Asif, 18, M. Lonumidhilige, K. Male’.
Police detailed that both the suspects were arrested on May 7, from Male’ City.
Following their arrest, Criminal Court has remanded them in police custody for five days.
With additional two arrests, a total of four arrests have been in connection to a series of violence. They are: Ahmed Shimhaz, 22, Seenuge, Th. Thimarafushi; Looth Ahmed Asif, 18, M. Lonumidhilige, K. Male’; Hassan Ziyan Ibrahim, 18, Unimaage, GDh. Vaadhoo and a 15-year-old.
Police said that efforts were still underway to locate the five remaining suspects. They are: Mausoom Mohamed Didi, 27, K. Male’ Dhafthar no. 2260; Ahmed Rabeeu, 24, Gulnooranmaage, GA. Maamendhoo; Ahmed Nazih, 27, Kenereege, GA. Gemanafushi; Munad Jaufar, 20, Naadhee, S. Hulhudhoo and Ahmed Sathiu, 21, Coral, S. Maradhoo.
Police have asked anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the seven suspects to call the police hotline 3322111 or the Serious and Organized Department directly at 9911099.
The Maldivian capital has been hit with a string of gang attacks after a long period of absence of such attacks. Two took place in Male’ on May 2, and two more took place in Hulhumale’ on last Wednesday and in Male’ on last Thursday.
Concerns have been raised over the increased participation of minors in such crimes.