Malé, Maldives – The DNA collected from the IED from May 6 terror attack connects to one of the suspects in custody according to local news “Mihaaru”.
In addition to the initial 3 suspects arrested, a man was arrested last night in B. Dharavandhoo last night. This man is allegedly the individual who parked the motorcycle containing the IED at the location where it detonated.
The Maldives Police has this far revealed the identity of three suspects, including prime suspect Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, Hiya, V. Thinadhoo, Mujaah Ahmed, Ma. Feyruge, Malé and Thahumeen Ahmed, Folheymaage, GA. Kondey.
According to Police, the owner of the motorcycle which was used in the blast belongs to Thahumeen Ahmed and the number plate of it had been changed. In addition to this, they had also tried to scratch the engine number of the vehicle according to police.While the three suspects have been remanded for 15 days by criminal court, terrorism charges have been brought upon all three. On the remand verdict, Judge Adam Mohamed had stated that there was enough evidence against all three for hearing the case.
The explosion which went off around 20:20 on Thursday night 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.
The IED contained bearing balls which in order to increase the impact of the explosion. Doctors retracted 11 such projectiles from Speaker Nasheed’s body.
A press conference is to be held today at 10:50 to release further information on the investigation by Maldives Police.
Police has previously said that they are collecting evidence against both the perpetrators of the explosion and the people behind the suspects.
Police allege that these individuals are radicalized and have initialized a crackdown on extremist in the Maldives.