MayTerrorAttack: Defence Minister Mariya summoned to 241 Committee inquiry

Defence Minister Maria Didi | photo: Parliament

Malé, Maldives – Defence Minister Mariya Didi was summoned to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security today, in relation to the terror attack against Former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on May 6.

The committee previously announced that the Defence Minister would also be summoned for the inquiry, however did not reveal a certain date. The authority later announced that she was summoned today for the inquiry.

Chief of Defence Force Major General Abdullah Shamaal and Vice Chief of Defence Force Brigadier General Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef were also summoned to the 241 Committee today for the second time since the investigation began.

The committee has summoned several other authorities and personnel to the committee for questioning regarding the May terror attack. This includes Home Minister Imran Abdullah, Director General of Counter Terrorism Center Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor, Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed, Police Director of Counter Terrorism Superintendent of Police Fareed Ismail as well as Speaker Nasheed’s bodyguards.

The police are also currently investigating the attack on the Former President. 4 individuals have been arrested so far in direct connection to May 6, all of them indicating radicalisation.

The 241 Parliamentary Committee is also investigating into the security breach of the Speaker following the terror attack. Speaker Nasheed 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 on May 6, 2021.

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 the Speaker, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.