Monday, October 1, 2007

Seven Maldives nationals have been arrested in connection with a bomb blast in the islands which left 12 tourists injured, local police said.

Two Britons, two Japanese and eight Chinese tourists were hurt by the bomb in a park in the capital Male.

The injured British couple have been named as Christian Donelan, originally from Rotherham, and his wife Jennifer, whose maiden name is Green.

The Maldives Police Service said forensic tests were being carried out.

Mohamed Shareef, a government spokesman, said: "Police have arrested seven men based on forensic evidence and now they have been named suspects.

"Some of them were trying to flee the country and were apprehended at the airport."

He said that all the men arrested were Maldivian nationals, and added that police were still searching for other suspects. [Read More on BBC News]

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