Maldives leader escapes attack

Knife-wielding man lunged at President Gayoom while he was on a tour of the island.

    Gayoom visited the young boy who saved his life in hospital on Thursday [Reuters]

    Media reports quoted him as saying that Gayoom was unhurt after the incident and that the attacker was in custody.
     
    "The knife did catch [Gayoom's] shirt," Shareef said.

    "He was saved by a boy who moved in the way and tried to grab the knife and suffered a serious injury to his hand."

    Speaking from Male, the capital, Mohamed Nasheed, the information minister, said: "The president was greeting people when a young boy pulled out a knife and tried to stab him in the stomach."
     
    The motive for the attack was not known, police said.
     
    They said investigations are being conducted.
     
    The Indian Ocean island, a favoured destination for tourists and honeymooners, has been tense since a bomb attack in September last year injured 12 foreign tourists.
     
    Three men convicted of carrying out the bombing were last month each jailed for 15 years.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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