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Maldives, tourist haven, casts wary eye on growing islamic radicalism

Maldives govt had introduced first state policy on terrorism calling for increased safety awareness

Kai Schultz | NYT 

This island paradise made news recently for a reason other than its pristine beaches and high-end resorts: the gruesome killing of a liberal blogger, stabbed to death by multiple assailants. The killing in April of Yameen Rasheed, 29, a strong voice against growing Islamic radicalisation, has amplified safety concerns — particularly for foreign tourists, a highly vulnerable group and one that the islands’ economy depends on. It is no idle threat, in a country that by some accounts supplies the world’s highest per-capita number of foreign fighters to extremist ...

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First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 13:03 IST
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