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Murder attempt on Maldives ex-president reveals rising radicalism

Government probes attack as Islam extremists continue to sow strife in country

Mohamed Nasheed, the charismatic former president of the Maldives, was the target of a failed assassination attempt on May 6.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The Maldives may be known for its string of idyllic islands and luxury resorts, but a bomb explosion early this month in the capital, Male, targeting former President Mohamed Nasheed has exposed a darker side of the South Asian nation: its deadly pact with Islamic extremism.

Police have arrested three men involved in the May 6 attack, with initial reports fingering a link in the nation's Islamic extremist networks. The suspected assailants had affixed the bomb to a motorbike parked near Nasheed's car, remotely detonating it when the 53-year-old politician was about to enter the vehicle parked at his home.

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