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Official says Maldives president escapes unhurt from speedboat blast on return from Haj trip

  • Unidentified injured people are evacuated after a blast on the Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom speedboat in Male, Maldives Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim and several officials suffered minor injuries. The country's international airport is on a separate island and a short boat trip is needed to reach the capital island. (Yoosuf Sofwan/Sun Online via AP) NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES

    Unidentified injured people are evacuated after a blast on the Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom speedboat in Male, Maldives Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim and several officials suffered minor injuries. The country's international airport is on a separate island and a short boat trip is needed to reach the capital island. (Yoosuf Sofwan/Sun Online via AP) NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Unidentified injured people are evacuated after a blast on the Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom speedboat in Male, Maldives Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim and several officials suffered minor injuries. The country's international airport is on a separate island and a short boat trip is needed to reach the capital island. (Yoosuf Sofwan/Sun Online via AP) NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES

    Unidentified injured people are evacuated after a blast on the Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom speedboat in Male, Maldives Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim and several officials suffered minor injuries. The country's international airport is on a separate island and a short boat trip is needed to reach the capital island. (Yoosuf Sofwan/Sun Online via AP) NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Unidentified injured people are evacuated after a blast on the Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom speedboat in Male, Maldives Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim and several officials suffered minor injuries. The country's international airport is on a separate island and a short boat trip is needed to reach the capital island. (Yoosuf Sofwan/Sun Online via AP) NO ARCHIVE NO SALES

    Unidentified injured people are evacuated after a blast on the Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom speedboat in Male, Maldives Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim and several officials suffered minor injuries. The country's international airport is on a separate island and a short boat trip is needed to reach the capital island. (Yoosuf Sofwan/Sun Online via AP) NO ARCHIVE NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

A government minister says Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has escaped unhurt from a blast in his speedboat as he returned to the country after preforming Haj in Saudi Arabia.

Minister Mohamed Shareef says the blast occurred Monday morning as the boat reached the main jetty in the capital of Male. Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim and several other officials suffered minor injuries.

Shareef says the blast may have happened in the engine but it is too early comment on the cause, though boat accidents are common in the Indian Ocean archipelago state.