Malé, Maldives —- The supporters of Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has held a virtual campaign against the May 6 Terror Attack and has called on the authorities to find out who funded the attack.
During the virtual campaign held in support of Speaker Nasheed, the supports of Speaker Nasheed called onto find out who funded the attack made on Speaker Nasheed with the hashtag #JusticeForPresidentNasheed.
While questions were being asked about the financiers of the attack from the begining, a post by anonymous Twitter user Alex Ahmed (@anedhivehirajje) questioning the origin of funds set off the social media campaign. The tweet further said that and stating that it is unwise to ask the state to investigate the matter.
No relevant authorities have yet made any comments regarding the questions raised in the campaign.
When the Maldives Police Service are questioned during the press conference of details of the incident, majority of the times they respond by noting that no information can be revealed as it can end up being a barrier to the investigation.
However, Police assured that the matter does not end when those who were involved are arrested, but that they will find who funded the incident as well.
Four suspects have been so far arrested in connection to the terror attack. The individuals who are reported to be radicalized are identified by the police as Ahmed Fathih, Dhunfini Ufaa, L. Gan, Ahmed Adhuham aged 25, Mujaaz Ahmed of MA. Feyruge aged 21, and Thahmeen Ahmed of Folheyma, GA. Kondey, aged 32. The three were also sentenced to 15 days imprisonment by the Criminal Court.
Police allege that these individuals are radicalized and have initialized a crackdown on extremist in the Maldives. Maldives Police arrested a 27-year-old Maldivian male in connection to the crackdown on Thursday.
In addition, a total of nine individuals were arrested from the southernmost Addu City atoll for being a part of or for supporting violent extremist ideologies and five residences have been searched in Malé in ongoing operations.
The IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.
Nasheed was brought in with heavy bleeding, and both internal and external shrapnel injuries. Ball bearings were found in Nasheed’s chest, near the heart. Injuries caused by these projectiles caused life threatening damage to the chest area. Nasheed endured major injury to the fourth rib, with a blade going through a lung. A projectile also went through his intestine with another near his liver.
Speaker Nasheed was treated at the Critical Care Unit of ADK hospital in Malé until yesterday and was airlifted to Germany yesterday for recovery and rehabilitation. Parliament had revealed yesterday that Speaker Nasheed’s medical expenses in Germany is being covered by Honorary Consul of Maldives in Germany, Christian Von Stetten.