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The Maldives is heightening its security after three foreigners were stabbed by suspected IS extremists.

The National Security Council of the Indian-Ocean holiday destination is working with the police and other necessary parties to find out more about the attack, the president’s office has said.

Two Chinese nationals and an Australian citizen have been injured in the attacks. So far, six people have been arrested in connection with the crimes.

All three victims are recovering in hospital.

The attacks are said to be separated and happened on Hulhumale Island, adjoining the airport island in the capital region.

The security council met with tourism industry representatives to consult about enhancing security in all tourist hot-spots.

Police are also trying to verify a video that circulated on social media where a masked individual claims responsibility for the attacks.

Around 1.5 million people visit the archipelago each year, with the string of islands a popular detestation for British holidaymakers.

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