MALDIVES: Former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed was flown to Germany on Thursday for his treatment. A week before, Nasheed was left critically injured after surviving an assassination attempt that happened in Male on May 6. The Maldives police had described the bomb explosion as a “terror attack”.
According to the reports, doctors in a Male hospital performed complex surgeries on Nasheed to remove shrapnel from his liver, lungs, and stomach. On Thursday, he was discharged from the hospital and sent to Germany for further treatments. In his first tweet after the explosion, Nasheed said in the local Dhivehi language: “A special thanks to the health sector of the Maldives. By the grace of Allah, I will stay the course to deliver the good governance that you all seek. Eid Mubarak to everyone!”
Meanwhile, the police have arrested three people who were allegedly involved in the bomb explosion. Along with this, the Maldives’s Parliamentary Committee on National Security Services is probing the security breach that led to the attack on the former President. The explosion targeting Nasheed made international headlines that have turned the spotlight back on religious extremism in the Maldives. With the return of dozens of Islamist radicals recruited as fighters in Syria and Iraq, religious extremism is becoming a growing concern in the nation.
Condemning the attempted assassination on Nasheed, South Asian for Human Rights (SAHR) said that the incident evoked “popular unresolved murders and disappearances in past linked to extremist groups”. SAHR has also urged President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s government to probe the incidents.