| 23 May 2024, Thursday |

‘I’m good’, says former Maldives president after surviving bomb blast

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed’s family announced on Saturday that he is conscious after life-saving surgery, as police made two detentions in relation to a blast they said was being treated as a terror attack.

Nasheed, the current parliament speaker and the president of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party, was critically wounded after a bomb detonated as he left his family home in the capital Male on Thursday.

Police  said on Saturday they had made 2 arrests in relation to the explosion, without elaborating.

“I’m good,” Nasheed said after coming off life support, as written by his sister Nashida Sattar on Twitter.

His brother, Ibrahim Nashid, said doctors were happy with Nasheed’s recovery.

“He is out of life support and breathing on his own,” he said on Twitter. “Managed to exchange a few words. Promised to come back stronger. I believe him.”

Nasheed, the Maldives’ first democratically-elected president, is an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism in the Sunni Muslim island archipelago, and has been instrumental in investigating graft allegations against opposition leaders.

He was deposed and exiled in what he called a coup in 2012, while in 2015, former President Abdulla Yameen escaped unharmed after a blast on his speedboat.

  • Reuters