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Teams have been trawling the Indian Ocean after MH370 debris was found on Reunion Island

Malaysia says it is sending a team of experts to the Maldives to investigate reports that debris from the missing Flight MH370 has washed up there.

Images published in a Maldivian newspaper show several small objects it said had been found on an atoll.

But Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said it was too soon to say if they were connected to flight MH370.

The Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people veered off its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

The plane is long believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean – though no evidence was initially found despite a massive search operation.

The reports in the Maldives come just days after debris found on the remote French Indian Ocean island of Reunion were confirmed to be from the missing plane.

“We will be dispatching a team to the Maldives to view the debris as well as conduct preliminary verification of the debris,” Mr. Liow said in a statement on Monday.

Experts have already cast doubt on the find, and a report in the Haveeru newspaper said the captain of a barge that capsized in February believed the debris was from his vessel. (BBC)