Former Maldives President Injured in Bomb Explosion

A bomb explosion on May 6 has injured former Maldives President and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed as he was getting into his car outside his family home, officials said.

“Following an explosion on Neeloafaru Magu in Malé, Speaker of Parliament President Mohamed Nasheed has sustained injuries and is currently receiving treatment at ADK Hospital,” the police said in a statement on Twitter.

According to ADK Hospital on Twitter, Nasheed had suffered multiple injuries but was in a stable condition. It also stated that he will undergo essential surgeries.

A government official told AFP News by telephone that “Nasheed escaped an assassination attempt.”

The official further said that the bomb “looks like some sort of an improvised explosive device, possibly rigged up to a parked motorcycle.”

Photos on social media showed a motorcycle torn into shreds.

Following the explosion, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held an emergency meeting with the National Security Council to discuss ongoing investigations and strengthening safety and security of all citizens.

“We are treating this matter with utmost seriousness and the investigation is currently underway,” Solih said on Twitter.

Solih announced in the morning of May 7 that the Australian Federal Police will aid in the investigation.

Several others were also injured in the explosion, including Nasheed’s security team members and bystanders.

Defense Minister Mariya Didi condemned the explosion as a “vicious attack” that “shows total disregard for human dignity amid a raging pandemic, especially during the last few days of holy month of Ramadan.”

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid also condemned the attack, stating on Twitter, “Cowardly attacks like this have no place in our society.”

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