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Maldives police investigate 'black magic coconut' found near polling booth

Police in the Maldives were called in to investigate a magic coconut found near a polling booth this week, in advance of the presidential elections which will take place on Saturday.

Students on Guraidhoo Island discovered the small, four-inch coconut with a Koranic verse written in Arabic, near their school, which will act as a polling station on Saturday.

They told their principal who contacted the police, fearing the coconut had been cursed with black magic, perhaps in order to influence the election.

“The police brought a ruqyah practitioner [white magician] to examine the coconut, who said it was a fake,” a police source told Minivan News.

No arrests have been made. A resident on Guraidhoo Island told the newspaper: “It was not really fanditha [black magic] on the coconut. If it was fanditha, there would have been Arabic letters and numbers written.”

Despite its reputation as a tourist paradise, the Maldives is a strictly Islamic nation, where superstitious belief continues to hold sway in many of its remote atolls.

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