Maldives Police Arrest Prime Suspect in Bomb Explosion

Maldives police have arrested on May 9 an individual alleged to be the prime suspect in the bomb explosion that critically injured former President and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed.

Police said that Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, 25, is the third of four individuals suspected to be responsible for the bomb explosion that targeted Nasheed outside his residence in the capital city of Malé last May 6.

The police alleged Rasheed to be the man seen on video surveillance footage waiting in an alley before the bomb exploded.

The police did not provide further details on the prime suspect.

The footage also showed three other men gathering with the alleged prime suspect right before the explosion.

Police arrested the first two suspects last May 8, one of whom was the owner of the motorcycle where the bomb was planted.

The fourth suspect remains at large.

Officials blamed Islamic extremists for the attack, but Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem said last May 8 that the group responsible for the attack is still unknown.

According to hospital officials, Nasheed remained in an intensive care unit after 16 hours of life-saving injury to his head, chest, abdomen, and limbs.

Hospital officials also said that a shrapnel damaged Nasheed’s intestines and liver and another broke his rib and narrowly missed his heart.

The blast also injured Nasheed’s security team members and bystanders, including a British citizen.

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