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Speaker Nasheed injured in blast outside residence

Summary

Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed has been injured in an explosion outside his residence – G. Canaryge.

The explosion took place as Nasheed, 53, exited his residence and got into his car, at approximately 08:30 pm this Thursday.

The explosion also injured at least five more people – three members of Nasheed's security detail and two bystanders - a Maldivian male and a British male.

Nasheed is being treated at the ADK Hospital where his condition is reported to be critical. He has undergone multiple surgeries and is in the ICU.

Security alert levels in the nation have been raised in the aftermath of the attack which police are treating as a terrorist attack.

23:01

MNDF press conference ends

22:56

MNDF: Those responsible will be brought to justice

Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor said that those responsible for the attack last night will be found and brought to justice.

22:47

Chief Shamaal said that the IED detonated last night was a powerful one and even more powerful than the one detonated near the Sultan Park in 2007. 

22:45

Chief Shamaal said that the IED used in the blast was most likely a timed detonation. He added that the blast was initiated most likely by a phone or a remote. 

Chief Shamaal added that the IED was a controlled one. 

22:41

Terror alert level of Maldives at highest!

Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal has stated that the security status of the Maldives regarding terror attacks was at its highest. 

The Chief said that the terror alert level was at "Amber".

22:40

Information related to another device was also received at the time of the attack, said Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal who specified that the information turned out to be untrue. 

22:39

The motorcycles parked on the narrow road of Neelofaru Hingun caused a security issue, said the Chief of Defense Force who added that requests were made to remove the parked vehicles. 

22:37

Chief: Nasheed is provided layers of security

Chief of Defense Major General Abdulla Shamaal said that Nasheed is provided multiple layers of security.

22:33
MNDF press conference.
22:32

Chief: Nasheed is a high-risk figure

Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal added that ex-President Mohamed Nasheed was a high-risk figure and that he was provided with a powerful security detail. 

22:30

As soon as Nasheed fell after the blast, the PSA bodyguard of Nasheed immediately lifted Nasheed and carried him into the car, according to Chief of Defense Major General Abdulla Shamaal. 

He expressed satisfaction with how the SPG team of Nasheed had conducted themselves last night.

Nasheed had stated that he felt pain in his chest as he was being taken to the hospital, said Maj. Shamaal.

22:26

Chief of Defense says blast was from an IED attached to a motorcycle

Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal has stated that the blast came from an Improvised Explosive Device attached to a motorcycle near the residence of Speaker Nasheed. 

The chief described the details of the incident during the press conference. 

Major General Shamaal said that Nasheed fell to the ground after the blast.

22:25

Nasheed was departing for an event in another island

Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal said that Nasheed was leaving to depart for an event at another island. 

22:23

Chief of Defense Shamaal says attack was a terrorist attack

Chief of Defense Force Maj General Abdulla Shamaal said that the attack on Nasheed was a terrorist attack.

22:22

Minister Mariya praises Nasheed's bodyguards

The Defense Minister also praised the actions of Nasheed's bodyguards last night. 

She said that the bodyguards did honorable work that deserves praise.

The incident happened at 20:27, and Nasheed was taken to the Emergency Room of the ADK at 20:35, said Minister Mariya. 

22:19

Minister Mariya: SPG personnel suffered acoustic trauma

Minister Mariya said that the explosion noise was so loud that the Special Protective Guards (SPD) personnel also suffered acoustic trauma. 

22:18

Minister Mariya condemns the attack as unacceptable

Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi has stated that the attack last night targeting ex-President Mohamed Nasheed and harming anyone in the Maldives is unacceptable. 

Minister Mariya stated that the security situation right now was not safe for anyone, based from the attack on ex-President Nasheed. 

22:15

MNDF press conference begins

22:06

MNDF to hold press conference regarding terror attack

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) will be holding a press conference shortly regarding last night's terror attack targeting former President Mohamed Nasheed. 

The press conference will be given by Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi and Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal as well as vice Chief of Defense Force Brigadier General Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef and Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor.

The press conference is scheduled for 22:00 and will begin shortly.

MNDF press conference.
15:52

Police press conference ends

15:46

ACP Riyaz: Information related to bike obtained

The Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz has stated that the correct information of the motorcycle related to the blast which wounded former President Mohamed Nasheed has been obtained by police. 

The blast is believed to have come from a device attached to a motorcycle close to Nasheed's residence. 

15:43

Family: Surgery on Nasheed completed, recovery remains

Former President Mohamed Nasheed's younger brother Nazim Abdul Sattar has tweeted that the last surgery on Nasheed has been completed successfully and what remains now is the long road to recovery.

Nasheed is still receiving treatment at the ADK Hospital due to the blast last night. 

15:41

Commissioner: Situation does not warrant a state of emergency

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has stated that the current situation in the Maldives did not warrant a declaration of a state of emergency.

The Commissioner said that preventive measures for any further attacks were now in place and that relevant state officials would be advised if the situation warranted a state of emergency.

15:36

Commissioner: Motive behind attack too soon to say

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has stated that the motive behind the attack is too soon to be determined. 

The Commissioner was speaking in a press conference underway. 

Commissioner Hameed said that based on the current information it did not seem that the attack was coordinated with a foreign organization. 

He further stated that police were looking into the attack which targeted the head of one of the three powers of the state. 

15:33

Police: Military grade material use unlikely

The blast that wounded the ex-President Mohamed Nasheed was not caused by military-grade bomb-making material Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz has stated citing initial investigations into the attack. 

15:31

Commissioner: Lack of intel will be investigated

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has stated that the lack of intelligence information related to last night's attack will be looked into and why the work is not being conducted to its best will also be looked into. 

The Commissioner said that the investigation into the attack is the priority right now and that finding those suspected and arresting them is also the priority.

15:10 Ahmedulla Abdul Hadi

Commissioner: Police did not receive any intel regarding attack

The Maldives Police Service has stated that it did not receive any intelligence information regarding the attack on ex-President Mohamed Nasheed last night. 

The information was stated by Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed in a press conference underway right now. 

14:59 Ahmedulla Abdul Hadi

Commissioner of Police: 4 persons of interest related to attack noticed

The Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has stated that four people have so far been noticed of being connected with the attack last night on ex-President Mohamed Nasheed. 

"There are four people of interest in relation to the attack," said Commissioner of Police in a press conference underway right now.

Police said that details of why the persons are of interest could not be disclosed right now due to the initial stages of the investigation into the attack. 

14:58 Ahmedulla Abdul Hadi

CP Hameed: Attack investigation highest priority case right now!

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has stated that investigation into the attack last night on ex-President Mohamed Nasheed is the highest priority case of the police right now. 

The CP in the press conference underway right now said that apart from the ex-President those wounded in the attack are three bodyguards of the ex-President, a 43-year old local male and a 70 year old British national

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed and Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)
14:43

Supporters of Nasheed still gathered near ADK hospital

Supporters of former President Mohamed Nasheed are still gathered near the ADK Hospital where Nasheed is being treated. 

Nasheed was wounded in a blast near his residence last night. His condition is reportedly stable but still requires one more surgery. 

14:30 Ahmedulla Abdul Hadi

Police press conference regarding terror attack at 14:30!

The final preparations are being made for the police press conference regarding last night's terror attack targeting ex-President Mohamed Nasheed. 

The press conference will be taken part by Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed and Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz.

Preparations underway for the police press conference. (Sun Photo/Muzayyin Nazim)
14:28

Canaryge area still cordoned off after terror attack last night

The Canaryge area, where last night's terror attack happened is still cordoned off to the public. 

Police are still at the scene of the attack and people living nearby are allowed to enter their residences with the permission of the police. 

The location of the terror attack last night. (Sun Photo/Muzayyin Nazim)

 

The attack last night happened near Canaryge which is the residence of former President Mohamed Nasheed. He is still receiving treatment at the hospital due to the wounds sustained from the attack.

14:24

PG Office assisting in police investigation into attack

The Prosecutor General's Office has stated that it is assisting the police in the investigation into the terror attack on ex-President Mohamed Nasheed. 

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem said that he is assisting the investigation himself. 

14:12

Police request anyone with info related to attack to come forward

Police request bystanders and any witnesses who were in the area and who saw anything suspicious to provide information by contacting 9704000. The information shared and the identity of the individual would be kept confidential, stated the police.

Police are also holding a press conference at 14:30 in relation to the attack. 

14:08

Police: Attack on ex-President Nasheed investigated as terror attack

The Maldives Police Service has stated that last night's attack on the former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed was a terrorist attack.

In a press statement issued today, police said that the incident is being investigated with the utmost priority and that all the investigative and forensic resources of the police are being used for the investigation into the attack.

 

14:03

Hospital: Multiple surgeries on Nasheed successful, one more required

The ADK Hospital, where former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed is receiving treatment after being wounded in a blast last night, has stated that Nasheed requires one more surgery after multiple procedures were carried out on him. 

 

03:01

President describes the explosion as an attack against Maldives' democracy and economy, and said that such attacks will not be tolerated.

02:50

Team from Australian Federal Police to assist in investigation

President says local authorities are seeking assistance from international experts to investigate the attack. And that a team from Australian Federal Police will arrive in Maldives to assist in the investigation on Saturday, May 8.

02:44

President begins his adress.

02:25

President scheduled to adress the nation at 02:30 am, says his spokesperson.

02:16

Deputy Speaker Eva identifies the foreigner injured in the explosion as a British national.

01:13

President’s spokesperson says President Solih will deliver a televised address shortly.

01:02

ADK Hospital says Nasheed needs additional surgeries to treat his injuries.

01:00

Parliament's Security Services Committee decides to hold closed meeting.

00:40

Cabinet convenes for emergency meeting

President Solih has convened the members of his Cabinet for an emergency meeting in the wake of the attack against Nasheed.

According to the President’s spokesperson Mabrook Azeez, the Cabinet will discuss necessary measures in response to the attack.

00:38

Parliament’s Security Services Committee is scheduled to convene for an emergency meeting to discuss action in response to the attack against Nasheed at 00:30 hours.

00:26

MNDF has announced the remaining the two injured officers taken to ADK Hospital have been discharged following treatment.

23:36

3 MNDF officers injured in explosion, vitals stable

MNDF said the explosion injured three of their officers. One of the officers was treated at IGMH for an ear injury and has been discharged. The remaining two officers continue to be treated at ADK Hospital.

They received minor injuries, said MNDF.

23:33

Emergency sitting at Parliament begins with 67 in attendance.

Emergency sitting at Parliament is being presided over by Deputy Speaker Eva Abdulla, who described the attack against Nasheed as a cowardly act of terror, and condemned the attack on behalf of all parliamentarians and Parliament staffers.

Eva said the sitting will continue until the Parliament receives more details regarding Nasheed’s condition. She also said she will share the latest investigative findings as they come in.

23:20

Hospital: Nasheed sustained multiple injuries, vitals stable

22:42

President to convene national security council for emergency meeting

President’s spokesperson Mabrook Azeez has announced the President is scheduled to convene the national security council for an emergency meeting over the attack against Speaker Nasheed.

22:40
22:39

President condemns attack against Speaker Nasheed

President Solih has issued a short statement on Twitter condemning the attack against Nasheed. He is currently at ADK Hospital where Nasheed is undergoing treatment.

22:35

MDP: This was an attempt on Nasheed’s life

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) – the main ruling party – has issued a statement condemning the dangerous attack against their leader Nasheed at the harshest terms.

“This party believes this to be a terrorist attack targeting Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, to take his life,” said MDP in their statement.

MDP has called for an immediate investigation to take action against the culprits behind the attack.

“This party prays for a swift recovery to Speaker Nasheed and his security,” said MDP.

22:30

Home Minister Imran Abdulla promises the police will investigate the attack against Nasheed as a matter of high priority.

22:28

Parliament readies for emergency sitting

Sun is able to confirm the Parliament is getting ready to convene for an emergency sitting at 10:30 pm

22:28

A large crowd as gathered at ADK Hospital, where Nasheed is being treated for injuries he sustained in the explosion. Those gathered include MDP activists and several MDP parliamentarians. The police continue to urge the crowd to disperse, citing the curfew in effect in the capital to curb the spread of COVID-19.

22:07

Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has issued a short statement on Twitter expressing deep concern over the attack against Nasheed.

21:55

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has arrived at ADK Hospital, where Nasheed is being treated for his injuries.

Sun's journalist at the scene reports President Solih was met with calls for his resignation by some of the people gathered outside the hospital.

21:54

Opposition coalition, composed of PPM and PNC, has issued a statement condemning the attack against Nasheed.

They have called for a swift investigation into the attack, and for the culprits to be punished to the full extent of the law.

21:53

Former Maldivian President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hussain Manik – special advisor to opposition PPM-PNC coalition - has condemned the attack against Nasheed.

21:43

Maldives Police Service has issued a statement confirming the explosion.

21:39

Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom – the leader of government coalition partner MRM - has condemned the attack against Nasheed.

21:21

The sound of the explosion has drawn a large crowd of civilians, who are being pushed back by armed military officers.

21:21

Sun’s journalist at the scene said the explosive looks to have been planted on a motorcycle parked near Nasheed’s car.

The explosion has resulted in damages to several vehicles in the area.

21:21

The explosion also injured one of his bodyguards and a bystander – identified as a foreign national.

Police and military officers are operating at the scene.

21:17

The explosion took place just as Nasheed entered his car, which was parked outside his residence.

Nasheed has been taken to the ADK Hospital for emergency treatment. His phone and his sandals lie on the road.