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Maldives minister says explosive device found near president's official residence

  • In this late Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 photo, Captain Ali Ihusaan, spokesperson of the Maldives National Defence Force, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives. The military on Monday found and deactivated an explosive device near the president's official residence, a top Maldives official said. The discovery came a month after an explosion occurred on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's boat, injuring his wife, an aide and a bodyguard.  (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)

    In this late Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 photo, Captain Ali Ihusaan, spokesperson of the Maldives National Defence Force, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives. The military on Monday found and deactivated an explosive device near the president's official residence, a top Maldives official said. The discovery came a month after an explosion occurred on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's boat, injuring his wife, an aide and a bodyguard. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 photo, Maldivian security officers stand guard near the president's official residence where the military found and deactivated an explosive device in Male, Maldives. The discovery came a month after an explosion occurred on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's boat, injuring his wife, an aide and a bodyguard.  (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)

    In this Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 photo, Maldivian security officers stand guard near the president's official residence where the military found and deactivated an explosive device in Male, Maldives. The discovery came a month after an explosion occurred on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's boat, injuring his wife, an aide and a bodyguard. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)  (The Associated Press)

A top Maldives official says the military has found and deactivated an explosive device near the president's official residence.

The discovery came a month after an explosion occurred on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's boat, injuring his wife, an aide and a bodyguard. Authorities described the blast as assassination attempt and arrested the vice president.

But on Saturday, the FBI said its investigation found no evidence that the explosion was caused by a bomb. The FBI investigated the explosion at the request of the Maldives authorities.

Maldives Home Minister Umar Naseer says an improvised explosive device was found Monday in a parked vehicle near the president's official residence. Gayoom does not live at the residence but uses it frequently for meetings.