'Sri Lanka bombings have evoked terror fears for the Maldives'

Vice Chief of Defence Force Brigadier General Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef has stated that the terrorist attacks that took place in neighboring Sri Lanka this April has evoked terror fears for the Maldives.

Answering a question at a press conference held on Saturday, Abdul Raheem said no country in the world can truly say it is safe from terrorism.

While the whole world had assumed New Zealand was safe from terror attacks, a recent murder rampage at a Christchurch mosque proved otherwise, and the recent attacks on Sri Lanka poses terrorist threats to the Maldives, he said.

Abdul Raheem said MNDF is working on enhancing the threat assessment mechanism to establish preventive measures for such threats.

Speaking on terrorism, Chief of Defence Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal said counter-terrorism efforts by all authorities are being further strengthened, and MNDF's responsibility is to respond to the threats in the event that such an incident occurs. Noting that state entities are working to submit amendments to the Terrorism Act, the new propositions would establish an information exchange networks liaising all intelligence agencies.