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The former president of the Maldives is seriously injured in bomb attacks


Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who is currently chairman of the country’s parliament, was in critical condition on Friday following a bombing near his home.

Maldives police confirmed and named Mr. Nasheed injuries in the attack, which occurred late Thursday evening “An act of terrorism” that was being investigated.

The ADK hospital in the capital, Malé, where Mr Nasheed is being treated, said he had undergone several surgeries.

“In the last 16 hours he was operated on to save lives for injuries to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs,” said the hospital on Twitter. “He remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.”

No group took responsibility for the attack. But officials, including Mr Nasheed, expressed concern about the recruitment of the Islamic State in the Maldives, a small island nation and a major tourist attraction south of India.

Recognition…Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

Mr Nasheed became the first democratically elected President of the Maldives in 2008, but was forced to resign in 2012 in a dire episode he described as a coup. His tenure was symbolized by his strong advocacy of action against climate change, to which the island nation is still particularly vulnerable. He even held an underwater cabinet meeting to highlight the risks.

He returned to Malé after his Maldivian Democratic Party won the 2018 elections and his friend and confidante Ibrahim Mohamed Solih became president of the country. Mr. Nasheed was elected to parliament and selected as speaker.

“We are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and the investigation is currently ongoing,” said President Solih after the attack.

An aide to Mr. Nasheed said he would leave the house late Thursday night and walk down a narrow alley to meet his security detail and the car waiting for him at the other end when a bomb dropped under the seat of one nearby parked motorcycle went off. The Maldivian Parliament said in a statement that three of Mr Nasheed’s bodyguards and a UK citizen had also been injured.

Mr Nasheed remained in postoperative recovery after multiple surgeries late Friday, his aide said.

“The operation is over. Thank God he’s safe and stable, ”said Nasbraed’s brother Ibrahim Nasheed on Twitter.

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