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Maldives official: IED found near president's residence

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A top Maldives official says the military has found and deactivated an explosive device near the president's official residence.


   The discovery came a month after an explosion occurred on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's boat, injuring his wife, an aide and a bodyguard. Authorities described the blast as assassination attempt and arrested the vice president.


   But on Saturday, the FBI said its investigation found no evidence that the explosion was caused by a bomb. The FBI investigated the explosion at the request of the Maldives authorities.


   Maldives Home Minister Umar Naseer says an improvised explosive device was found Monday in a parked vehicle near the president's official residence.  Gayoom does not live at the residence but uses it frequently for meetings.

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