An object which looks like an explosive had on Monday washed up on the beach of Baarah in Haa Alif Atoll.
A police media official said that the islanders had found the object, washed up on the beach sometime early in the evening. He also reported that police had responded immediately by arriving at the scene and in turn reporting to Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF). The official informed that they do not known what it was, and that MNDF would determine its origins and whereabouts.
"MNDF is now at the island and preparing its extraction", the official said.
The MNDF spokesperson major Hussein Ali reported that they are now looking into this "unknown" object that had washed up onto Baarah Island. He did not give details.
While some of the islanders speculate this unknown object to be a sea mine, others imagine it as another form of an explosive.