Maldivian police said on Friday that the explosion that injured former President Mohamed Nasheed, in “critical condition”, and four others, including a British citizen, was a terrorist act and is trying to identify four alleged perpetrators.
Nasheed, 53, was injured in the explosion outside his home on Thursday night when he was about to get into his car and “is in critical condition, in intensive care,” according to the private hospital ADK, where he underwent surgery. to remove fragments of the bomb in the lungs and abdomen after the attack in Malé, the country’s capital.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Imran Abdulla, speaking to local television, said the injuries were not fatal.
Nasheed, former President of the Maldives and current leader of parliament, has openly criticized religious extremism in the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation, where preaching and practicing other religions is prohibited by law.
Police commissioner Mohamed Hameed said a police investigation is underway that treats the explosion as an act of terrorism against the former President.
Two Nasheed bodyguards and two passers-by, including a British citizen, were also injured, according to the same source.
According to Hameed, the police did not detect any military-grade components in the explosives used and are currently trying to identify four possible suspects, but no arrests have yet been made.
Source: with Agencies