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12 tourists hurt in Maldives bomb

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  • Maldives govt: At least 12 foreign tourists injured in homemade bomb blast
  • NEW British tourists suffered significant burns in the explosion
  • Chinese and Japanese tourists among those hurt in incident in capital Male
  • Govt toursim minister: "It is a sad day for The Maldives"
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(CNN) -- An explosion in the Maldives' capital of Male Saturday injured at least 12 people, Maldives officials and the British Foreign Office confirmed to CNN.

Two of those injured in the 1:30 p.m. blast (4:30 a.m. ET) were British tourists, the Foreign Office said.

Maldives Minister of Tourism, Dr. Mahamood Shougee, told CNN the British tourists suffered significant burns in the explosion.

Two Japanese tourists and eight Chinese people were also injured, but less seriously, Shougee said.

He told CNN the explosive was a small, homemade device. It detonated in a park area that houses the country's national museum, he added.

Police are investigating the blast, but Shougee said "it is too early to comment or speculate who might have done it."

"It is a sad day for The Maldives. The government is resolved to find the culprit and make sure this doesn't happen again." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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