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Islamic extremists behind attack on Maldives’ ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, says top official; two arrested-World News , Happy Easterday

Islamic extremists behind assault on Maldives’ ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, says high official; two arrested-World Information , Joyful Easterday

Investigators nonetheless have no idea which extremist group was behind the assault, which left Nasheed, 53, in crucial situation in an intensive care unit after life-saving surgical procedures to his head, chest, stomach and limbs, the official added

File picture of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed. AP

Male: A high official within the Maldives mentioned Saturday that Islamic extremists had been liable for an explosion earlier this week that critically wounded former president Mohamed Nasheed, as police mentioned they arrested two of 4 suspects.

Hospital officers mentioned Saturday that Nasheed is aware and not wants respiratory help. Two of his bodyguards and two obvious bystanders, together with a British citizen, had been additionally wounded in Thursdays blast.

Prosecutor Basic Hussain Shameem informed reporters that investigators nonetheless have no idea which extremist group was behind the assault, which left Nasheed, 53, in crucial situation in an intensive care unit after life-saving surgical procedures to his head, chest, stomach and limbs. No group has claimed accountability.

Nasheed, the present Parliament speaker, has been an outspoken critic of non secular extremism within the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation, the place preaching and practising different faiths are banned by regulation. He has additionally been criticised by non secular hard-liners for his closeness to the west and liberal insurance policies.

Police introduced Saturday that two males had been arrested in reference to the assault, and launched images of two others in search of public help in figuring out them.

Authorities say a do-it-yourself explosive gadget contained ball bearings was hooked up to a bike parked close to Nasheed’s automotive. The gadget was detonated, presumably with using a distant management, as he was about to depart dwelling for an occasion.

He was the primary democratically elected president of the Indian Ocean archipelago, serving from 2008 to 2012, when he resigned amid protests.

He was defeated within the following presidential election, and was ineligible for the 2018 election on account of a jail sentence, however has remained an influential political determine.

Nasheed has championed world efforts to struggle local weather change, notably warning that rising seas attributable to world warming threaten the archipelago nation’s low-lying islands.

The Maldives is thought for its luxurious resorts however has skilled occasional violent assaults. In 2007, a blast in a park within the capital wounded 12 overseas vacationers, which was additionally blamed on non secular extremists.

The Maldives has one of many highest per capita numbers of militants who fought in Syria and Iraq alongside the Islamic State group.

Authorities introduced in January that eight individuals arrested in November had been discovered to have been planning to assault a faculty and had been within the means of constructing bombs in a ship at sea.

Police mentioned the suspects carried out navy coaching on uninhabited islands and recruited youngsters.

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Updated: May 10, 2021 — 11:06 pm

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