Maldives pro-opposition TV station set on fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The owner of a pro-opposition television station in the Maldives says a group of masked men have set fire to his studio.

Akram Kamaludeen says about six men on motorbikes threatened and chased away a security guard early Monday and set fire to the station. He says the station was gutted and other offices in the building were damaged.

Kamaludeen says there is no evidence to point to a suspect.

He says President Mohamed Waheed Hassan’s’ government and his allies have been upset with the station’s coverage.

It is the second attack on the station in as many years. Last year a group broke into the building and cut cables, disrupting broadcasts.

The Maldives is facing political turmoil, with a court postponing a presidential runoff election.

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