MayTerrorAttack: Speaker Nasheed’s bodyguard Ilham to undergo surgery tomorrow

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

Malé, Maldives – Local news “Adhadhu” reports that Nasheed’s bodyguard Ilham Adam who was injured during the May 6 attack is to undergo surgery tomorrow.

Staff Sergeant SPG Ilham says that the surgery is to treat an injury to a disc in the cervical region and is scheduled for tomorrow at IGMH located in the capital city Malé.

Ilham played a critical role in saving Speaker Nasheed’s life during the May 6 terror attack by his quick actions in transporting the injured Speaker to the ADK Hospital emergency within 6 minutes of the bombing.

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.

An IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting into 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.

The former President 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.