Terrorism: First video of al-Qaeda in Maldives released

Dubai, 20 Nov. (AKI) - An al-Qaeda cell operating in the Maldives has released a video on the Internet.

The video runs for two minutes and is said to be a trailer for a longer and more detailed version set to be released soon.

"Your brothers in the Maldives are calling you", is the message that runs on the screen to announce the creation of the first al-Qaeda cell in the tiny Indian Ocean nation, which is considered to be a tourist paradise.

The Maldives, a chain of more than a thousand islands on the Equator, is famous for its beaches and celebrity retreats.

A still image on the video shows three men (photo), who are completely dressed, with one wearing a motorcycle helmet, sitting together on a white sandy beach.

There is also a fourth figure standing in the foreground whose face is covered.

The video shows images of men, who appear to be the members of the Jihadi cell, inside the Dhar-al-Khuir mosque on the remote Himandhoo island, hours before it was raided on 6 October. The cell was targetted in an investigation into a September bomb blast in the capital Male.

At least 12 foreign tourists were injured in the 29 September attack, which was the first recorded Islamist militant attack in the country.

The video was filmed and released with English captions, suggesting that it was designed to recruit to new members to join the al-Qaeda cell.


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