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Maldives president escapes unhurt in boat explosion-Wife injured!

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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (right) is welcomed to Kathmandu by Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam (left) in a November 25, 2014 file photo. The president's boat suffered an explosion Monday injuring four people including his wife.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (right) is welcomed to Kathmandu by Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam (left) in a November 25, 2014 file photo. The president’s boat suffered an explosion Monday injuring four people including his wife.

Colombo (dpa) – Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom escaped unhurt from an explosion in a speed boat Monday, but his wife and at least three others were injured, a spokesman for his office said.

He said the president’s spouse Fathimath suffered minor injuries in the explosion that occurred as they were returning to the capital Male from a nearby island.

Initial reports said she had escaped unhurt.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

“We are not sure if it was an accident due to a mechnical defect or caused deliberately. It is under investigation,” said Mohamed Hussain Shareef, minister of the presidential office.

Witnesses told local media that they had seen a door of the speedboat being blown off in the explosion.

Yameen was elected in November 2013. He defeated former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is serving a 13-year jail term for illegally ordering the detention of the nation’s chief judge.

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