Police release five who were arrested over gang violence

Blood on the ground after a young man was stabbed

Blood on the ground after a young man was stabbed

Maldives Police Service announced Thursday that five of the suspects recently arrested in connection to gang violence in capital Male have been released.

According to Police spokesperson, the released suspects are five of twelve who were arrested during a police raid last month on Asareehiyaa house in Maafannu ward. The spokesperson added that the five suspects are not connected to the murders of two local youths that occurred in recent gang violence incidents.

Police confirmed that the remaining seven suspects are still under custody in connection to gang violence and murders. However, the spokesperson did not disclose the duration of their remands.

Police had earlier stated that some of the suspects arrested from Asareehiyaa had been directly involved in the brutal killing of Ahmed Anas on July 31.

The young 25 year old speedboat captain hailing from Raa atoll was found murdered, with 37 stab wounds, inside the Litus Service Centre in Male. He had arrived in the capital to prepare for his wedding.

Five days prior, another local youth was killed in Male in the recent upsurge of gang violence. Nadeem Abdul Raheem, 24, of Haa Alif atoll Thakandhoo was stabbed by a gang inside a café.

Police recently arrested Mohamed Mafaaz, who has a notorious criminal record of dangerous offences, in connection to Nadeem’s murder.

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