MayTerrorAttack: Gender Ministry to assist injured bystander

Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services Aishath Mohamed Didi | Photo: HEOC

Malé, Maldives – Gender Ministry said that they are currently working to aid Adam Umar, a local who was injured during the IED attack targeting Former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on May 6 2021.

In addition to Speaker Nasheed, his bodyguards and also a local man, Adam Umar suffered injuries during the bombing on May 6. The bomb included ball bearings and other metals that severely injured them.

Following reports from local media Mihaaru stating that Adam Umar was still in need of help after the terror attack, Gender Ministry stated today, five weeks after the attack, that the authority will assist him in association with National Social Protection Agency. However, they have not yet revealed details on when the aid will be provided or how.

According to Adam, he was standing at the end of Neelafaru road near Majeedhee road waiting for Speaker Nasheed to get in his car as it was parked there. He was standing very close to the cycle which originally contained the bomb leaving him severely injured.

Adam suffers from injuries to his right leg with a few broken bones and is currently walking with the help of a walking stick. Adam wrote to the Gender Ministry three weeks back requesting for help to his injuries and did not receive a response till yesterday.

The police is currently investigating the cause behind the attack on the Former President. 4 individuals have been arrested so far, all of them indicating radicalisation. The Parliamentary Committee is investigating into the security breach of the Speaker following the terror attack.

Speaker Nasheed still remains in Germany after he was released from the German medical hospital on May 21, where he went for recovery and rehabilitation for the injuries suffered in the May 6, 2021 assassination attempt on him. According to his family, he will remain in Germany for a month before returning back to Maldives.

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 taken to ADK 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 he was airlifted to Germany on May 13, 2021 for recovery and rehabilitation. Parliament had previously revealed that Speaker Nasheed’s medical expenses in Germany is being covered by Honorary Consul of Maldives in Germany, Christian Von Stetten.