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Maldives seek foreign help to deal with IS fighters

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Speaker Mohamed Nasheed said the Maldives kept a close tab on citizens who had joined IS, but that the island nation was not ready to accept them back without an internationally supervised reintegration programme. (AFP pic)

COLOMBO: The Maldives Saturday called for international help to rehabilitate up to 160 of its nationals languishing in Syrian detention camps after the defeat of the Islamic State group.

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed said the Maldives kept a close tab on citizens who had joined the militant group, but that the island nation was not ready to accept them back without an internationally supervised reintegration programme.

Visiting neighbouring Sri Lanka where 258 people were killed in jihadi attacks recently, Nasheed said the question of foreign IS fighters in Syria should be addressed as a global issue.

As many as 160 Maldivians are thought to be held in detention camps after the fall of IS in March.

“We do not know the situation they have gone through….

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