Former Maldives president and present parliament speaker Mohamed Nasheed on Thursday sustained accidents from a suspected bomb blast after which he was rushed to a hospital, officers and residents mentioned.
The explosion went off as Nasheed, 53, was entering into his automotive within the capital Male, an official from his Maldivian Democratic Occasion (MDP), informed AFP by phone.
“It seems like some kind of an improvised explosive system, probably rigged as much as a parked bike,” the official mentioned including that an investigation was beneath method.
There have been no particulars of the accidents suffered by Nasheed. Not less than considered one of his bodyguards was additionally taken to hospital.
Residents in Male mentioned the blast was heard throughout the capital.
Nasheed turned parliament speaker, the Indian Ocean nation’s second strongest place, following his social gathering’s landslide victory in elections in April 2019.
He turned the nation’s first democratically elected president after profitable the primary multi-party elections in 2008. He was toppled in a coup in 2012 and was unable to contest the 2018 presidential elections after he was convicted of felony fees.
Nonetheless, he returned to the nation from self-imposed exile after his social gathering received the 2018 presidential elections after which entered parliament.
Overseas Minister Abdulla Shahid strongly condemned the assault.
In an announcement on Twitter he mentioned: “Cowardly assaults like these don’t have any place in our society. My ideas and prayers are with President Nasheed and others injured on this assault, in addition to their households.”