Aussie man stabbed by 'suspected extremists' in the Maldives

Josh Dutton
News Reporter

An Australian man has been caught up in a stabbing attack in the Maldives.

Three people were allegedly stabbed in what’s believed to be a knife attack on the island of Hulhumalé on Tuesday between 7 and 9pm (local time), Maldives Police said in a statement.

Police said those allegedly behind the attack are “suspected extremists”.

An Australian man and two other men, believed to be Chinese nationals, were identified as victims of the “heinous attack”. The Australian and one of the other men work in the city while the third is a tourist.

An Australian man has been stabbed in the Maldives. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

He and the other two victims are in a stable condition.

A Maldivian radical group affiliated with Islamic State had taken responsibility for the attack in a video posted online, local media reported on Wednesday.

Chinese and Australian embassy officials were not immediately available to comment.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said it is seeking to contact an Australian man hospitalised in the Maldives.

‘More attacks coming’

One of the three masked men seen in the video accused the Maldivian government of being run by infidels and warned more such attacks were coming.

Police said they were working to confirm the veracity of the video.

With Reuters

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