Incident Summary:

04/15/2020: Assailants set fire to seven boats at the harbor in Mahibadhoo, Alif Dhaalu, Maldives. There were no reported casualties in the attack. The Lions of Khilafah in the Maldives claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the targeted boats "belonged to the "apostate" Maldives government, police and affiliated political figures."




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Alif Dhaalu


Location Details:
The incident occurred at the harbor.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Maldives
Specific Description Alifu Dhaalu Atoll Council Boat
Nationality of Target Maldives
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Boats
Nationality of Target Maldives
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Maldives Police Service
Specific Description Boat
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Petrol bombs were 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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lions of Khilafah in the Maldives Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISIS claims responsibility for blowing up boats in Maldives," IBNS, April 18, 2020.
"Breaking: Islamic State behind arson attack in Maldives," International Business Times India, April 16, 2020.
"Jihadist magazine hails IS Maldives attack," Telegram messaging service, April 23, 2020.