08 Feb '12, 7pm

"Widespread" violence in Maldives: police

"Widespread" violence in Maldives: police

MALE: Violence erupted across the Maldives Wednesday as supporters of the ex-president who claims he was forced out by a coup clashed with security forces in Male and stormed police stations on outlying islands. Officials on four atolls in the holiday paradise nation, famed for its beaches and popular among honeymooners, told AFP that residents overran several police stations and set fire to government buildings. Earlier there were clashes between several thousand supporters of Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected president, and army and police in riot gear who used tear gas and batons in Male's Republic Square. There were unconfirmed reports of deaths in the violence in the capital, which were denied by the military and police when contacted by AFP. Chief Inspector Abdul Mannan Yoosuf told reporters the violence was "widespread geographically" and "...

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