Fears of religious extremism in Maldives

Destruction of Buddhist artifacts adds to concerns caused by alleged coup that forced out the president.

    Vandals have destroyed priceless Buddhist artifacts in the Maldives, just days after the country's president was forced from power in an alleged coup.

    The attack, compared to the Taliban destroying ancient Buddhist statues in Afghanistan, has raised concerns that the island nation is becoming a centre for extremist religious activities.

    Steve Chao reports from the capital, Male.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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