Maldives National Defense Force MNDF says preliminary examinations show that the explosion heard from a parked van in Male' was not due to any explosives.

MNDF and Police were deployed after an explosion was heard from a parked van in the Galolhu ward of the capital Male' today. Police said that no one was injured in the incident.

MNDF said that they were following procedures for incidents that involved explosions.

They later said that it did not like explosives caused the explosion and that there were no signs of explosives on the scene. MNDF further said that they had handed over the scene to the Police as it was determined that there was no danger from the van.

Authorities remain mum about the cause of the explosion in the van.