CP Hameed: Officers attacked by known crime group, to be probed as a serious matter

Maldives Police Service's officers stand in line to greet President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during a visit to the Iskandhar Building on July 5, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed, on Friday, has stated that the attack on police officers will be investigated as a serious matter.

Three police officers were assaulted near Euro Store in Majeedhee Magu in the capital of Maldives, Male’ City, late Friday morning. Police made two arrests in connection to the case shortly afterward.

Via a tweet, CP Hameed said that wider systems need to step up efforts to holistically tackle the problems of violent crime groups and the trafficking of narcotic drugs. He further stated that more support was needed to protect police officers, in order for them to be able to protect and serve the community.

“We have arrested 2 assailants & will arrest all those who were involved. I have instructed teams to take swift actions on this matter. Violence against police officers will be taken very seriously,” he stressed.

CP Hameed detailed in his tweet that the officers were assaulted by members of a known crime group during their off-duty hours. He said that officers worked in the Drug Enforcement Department.

A Police Spokesperson told Sun that three police officers sustained injuries to various degrees in the attack, out of which one officer was being treated for injuries at ADK Hospital.

“The case is under further investigation by the police,” the Spokesperson stressed.

A video showing the attack on police officers had gone viral on social media. In the video, police officers are shown carrying a motorist who had fallen off a motorcycle to an ambulance.