Maldives police said Tuesday they had launched an investigation after graffiti supporting Islamist organization 'ISIS' scrawled around southernmost Addu city were brought to their attention.
"Islamic State will prevail," read the graffiti scrawled on the wall of the Milo Turf Grounds in Hithadhoo island.
While photos of the graffiti are circulating on media, it has been reported that similar graffiti supporting religious extremism also appeared around the the Convention Center area in the city.
Speaking to AVAS, a police official said investigation is now underway. The graffiti has now been cleaned off the walls, the official confirmed.
Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed took to Twitter to condemn the acts and stated that robust work needs to be done to address the propagation and promotion of violent groups, blasphemy and all forms of hate and intolerance. He further assured that the police are working on addressing the matter.