Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has confirmed the arrest of a local man, who he alleged of being a prominent operative associated with the proscribed terrorist organization “Islamic State" (IS).

In a series of tweets, Commissioner Hameed said that the 30-year-old man was arrested in Male' last January and that he was apprehended in an operation carried out by Maldivian police along with the US Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI and authorities from two other European nations.

Hameed said that the arrested individual has been running IS media campaigns - propagating extremism and more specifically, calling for the perpetration of acts of terror on European soil and to harm its leaders.

He also said that the local man had been conducting this activity since 2015 whilst living in the Maldives.

Commissioner Hameed noted that this case is being treated as a major terrorism investigation and would be conducted by the Maldivian police along with FB and authorities of the unnamed European nations.

He added that Police would be releasing more information about the case soon.