Incident Summary:

09/28/2015: An explosive device detonated on a speedboat owned by Yameen Abdul Gayoom in Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. Gayoom, the President of Maldives, was not harmed; however, at least three people, including the President's wife, were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Kaafu Atoll


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Maldives
Specific Description Speedboat of President: Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Nationality of Target Maldives
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosive device planted on a speedboat was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. International authorities were unsure whether the explosion was the result of a device or a mechanical issue.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Maldives former vice-president found guilty of plotting to kill leader," Minivan News Online, June 9, 2016.
"Maldives: Court hears evidence against Adeeb in boat blast trial," Maldives Independent, June 4, 2016.
"FBI findings into Maldives President's boat blast contradicts Sri Lankan team's claim of a bomb," Colombo Page, November 1, 2015.