The Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has detained 24 Sri Lankan fishermen who entered Maldivian waters illegally.
The Maldivian media reported that the fishermen and their boats were discovered 103 nautical miles south-east of Kelaa island, Ha. atoll.
The Department of Fisheries said that the boats had reached Maldivian waters from Chilaw.
The Sri Lankan Embassy in the Maldives is now working on securing the release of the fishermen. (Colombo Gazette)