Nasheed thanks Maldives’ health sector in first tweet since attack

Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed poses for a picture with some of the medical professionals from ADK Hospital.

Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed thanked Maldivian health sector on Wednesday, in his first tweet since surviving a terror attack to assassinate him.

A homemade remote-controlled IED was strapped to motorcycle parked nearby Nasheed’s residence, and was detonated at 08:27 pm on May 6, just as Nasheed, 53, exited his residence and went to get in his car. Nasheed was thrown to the ground and sustained multiple shrapnel wounds, while three members of his security detail and two bystanders sustained minor wounds.

He was rushed to ADK Hospital, where he underwent multiple lifesaving surgeries.

Nasheed, who is recuperating at the hospital, commended and thanked the Maldivian health sector in a tweet on Wednesday night.

“Commendation and thanks to the Maldivian health sector. By the grace of Allah, I will continue to persevere to establish the good governance you [the people] desire,” he said.

He also conveyed greetings on occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Nasheed underwent 16 hours of surgeries to remove ball bearings and other shrapnel, some of which tore through his internal organs. His family and supporters have previously thanked the multi-specialty team of doctors who attended to him.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection to the case – including the person believed to have detonated the IED.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has vowed to find the masterminds behind the attack and bring them to justice.