MayTerrorAttack: Speaker Nasheed’s bodyguards questioned by 241 committee

Nasheed's protective detail Staff Sergeant SPG Ilham greeted by 241 committee | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – The Parliament’s 241 committee inquiry into the May 6 terror attack targeting former President and current Speaker of the Maldives Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, has questioned Nasheed’s bodyguards.

The Committee on National Security Services, more commonly known as the 241 Committee has initiated a probe into the security breach resulting in an IED bomb near Speaker Nasheed’s car, causing critical injuries to the Speaker.

The confidential inquiry questioned Speaker Nasheed’s bodyguards at various times yesterday. No information has been revealed as to the questions or the answers provided by the bodyguards.

Speaker Nasheed’s bodyguards were applauded and praised by the MPs and by the general public for their quick actions immediately after the attack. There were three MNDF Special Protection Group (SPG) officers present at the scene of attack with two officers received varying levels of injuries.

The inquiry starting bringing in individual officers for questioning last Sunday. While some officers attended physical meetings, others attended the inquiry virtually. The 241 committee plans to question 29 officers.

An 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.

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.

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.