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Ex-Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed injured in explosion in Malé; Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed arrested

Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed (©Maldives Police)
Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed (©Maldives Police)

People’s Majlis speaker Mohamed Nasheed, 53, was badly injured at around 8:20 p.m. on May 6, 2021 after the explosion of an improvised explosive device planted on a motorbike near his car outside his home in Malé, Maldives. Three other victims, including one British national, were also injured.

Just before the explosion that evening, Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, 25, of Thinadhoo, Vaavu Atoll, Maldives was captured by surveillance camera waiting in an alley, BBC has learned. Maldives Police named him as the prime suspect in the attack.

Maldives Police believe that religious extremists were behind the attack. Aside from Rasheed, two other men namely Thahumeen Ahmed, 32, of Folheymaage, GA. Kondey, Maldives and Mujaz Ahmed, 21, of Ma. Feyruge, Malé were also arrested, The Times of Addu reported.

The motorcycle used in the explosion allegedly belongs to Thahumeen. He has denied owning the motorcycle but the documents police submitted to the court state otherwise.

Rasheed and Mujaz appeared denied being involved in the explosion. During the remand hearing on May 9, 2021, Judge Adam Mohamed had stated that there was enough evidence against Rasheed, Thahumeen and Mujaz for hearing the case.

Thahumeen Ahmed (©Maldives Police)
Thahumeen Ahmed (©Maldives Police)

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With the help of the Australian Federal Police, Maldivian investigators are searching for other suspects believed to be involved in the attack. Because of the explosion, Nasheed was rushed to the hospital where he had to undergo surgery to have shrapnel removed from his body.

On May 9, 2021, the hospital announced that Nasheed was off life support. The People’s Majlis speaker would still remain in the intensive care unit, according to the hospital.

Mujaz Ahmed (©Maldives Police)
Mujaz Ahmed (©Maldives Police)

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Born in Malé, Nasheed is married to Maldivian activist Laila Ali Abdulla. They have two daughters namely Meera Laila Nasheed and Zaaya Laila Nasheed.

A member of the Maldivian Democratic Party, Mohamed assumed office as the fourth president of the Maldives on November 11, 2008. He resigned on February 7, 2012.

On February 8, 2012, Mohamed claimed that police and army officers forced him to resign. The claim was denied by his successor Mohammed Waheed Hassan, 68, who went on to hold the presidential position until November 17, 2013.

On August 30, 2014, Mohamed became the Maldivian Democratic Party president. On May 28, 2019, he became a member of People’s Majlis, the unicameral legislative body of the Maldives.

On May 29, 2019, Mohamed assumed office as the People’s Majlis speaker. He is the 19th person to hold the position.

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