4 persons of interest identified in relation to explosive attack on Nasheed

Police officers seen guarding the entrance to ADK hospital where Speaker Mohamed Nasheed is being treated following the injuries he suffered after an explosive was set off near his car on May 6, 2021 | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service has revealed that there are four persons of interests in relation to the night’s explosive attack against Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed.

Speaking in a press conference by police being held now, Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Hameed revealed that while no information was received from police intelligence prior but that they had four persons of interest under surveillance.

The explosion which went off around 20:20 tonight left Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people have also been reported to be injured from the explosion.

CP Hameed also revealed that they were in discussions with Prosecutor Generals Office and that necessary actions against these four persons of interest would be taken accordingly. He also added that they would closely monitor these individuals and would not allow them to leave the country.

While Maldives Police has come under public scrutiny after stating that they had not gotten any prior intelligence reports on the matter, CP Hameed told that there was major room for improvement within the state to share information and the an ‘autopsy’ in to why police had not received intelligence regarding such an attack would be carried out.

CP Hameed also revealed that a total of five people were injured in the attack, including Nasheed, three bodyguards and a British tourist. Hameed said that 450 officers were involved in the investigations and urged eyewitnesses to share information via a police hotline.

Speaking in an address to the nation following the incident last night, President Solih told that the perpetrators would face the full force of the law and that the government would take every necessary measure to ensure the safety and security of the people.

President Solih had also revealed that government would receive assistance from the Australian Federal Police in the investigation into the explosion and that they would arrive on Saturday to aid Maldives’ authorities in the investigation.

Earlier today, ADK Hospital had revealed that Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed is in critical condition in intensive care. 

ADK Hospital revealed that the hospital had carried out life-saving surgery on injuries to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs over the course of past 16 hours. The hospital also revealed that Speaker Nasheed underwent a successful final, critical, life-saving procedure this afternoon.