The Economist: Jihad is as contagious as covid-19 in the Maldives

posted by Christopher W. Holton

The Economist is covering the story of how the Jihadists are threatening to ruin the island paradise of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean…

The arrival of covid-19 in the Maldives was hardly surprising, since 1.5m tourists from all around the world visit the Indian-Ocean archipelago every year. By March 18th 13 foreigners had been declared infected, although there have not yet been any confirmed cases among locals.

But a no less dangerous contagion—Muslim extremism—is also afflicting the islands. On February 4th three foreigners were stabbed in a suburb of Malé, the capital. (They survived.) Muslim militants claimed responsibility. It was the first incident of religious violence against foreigners since 2007, when jihadists set off a bomb in a park in Malé, injuring 12 tourists. Days after the stabbing, footage of a belligerent British visitor being manhandled by the police for dressing too scantily went viral, neatly illustrating the devoutly Muslim country’s awkward reliance on bikini-clad sun-worshippers for its prosperity

https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/03/19/jihad-is-as-contagious-as-covid-19-in-the-maldives

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