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Maldives police arrest 3 in connection with stabbing Chinese and Australian

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Maldives police arrested three people on Thursday for links to the stabbing of two Chinese citizens and an Australian citizen, officials said, adding they were investigating suspected ISIS links.

Police reported on Twitter that the three people were stabbed on Tuesday evening in Hulhumale Island, which is seven kilometers north of the capital, Mali.

One of the Chinese was a tourist, while the other two were working in the city, all of whom were in stable condition in hospital, she added.

It was not possible to obtain comment from officials of the Chinese and Australian embassies.

On Wednesday, local media reported that a militant group linked to ISIS in the Maldives had claimed responsibility for the attack in a video posted on the Internet.

One of three masked people who appeared in the video warned against further attacks.

The police said they were checking the video.

The Maldives Parliament has given broad investigative powers to the anti-terrorist agencies and the authorities have stepped up operations against militant groups.

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