MAN, Maldives (AP) – Maldives’ first democratically elected president and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed were injured in a blast near his home on Thursday and are on fire. Get hospitalized
Interior Minister Imran Abdulla told local television that Nasheed’s injuries were not life-threatening and that the government would be helped by foreign agencies in the investigation.
Police said they were investigating and urged residents to avoid explosive areas in the Malé capital in a message that did not provide further details.
Images circulated on social media showed a motorcycle torn at the scene. But police did not say whether the bomb was an attempted assassination.However, neighboring India̵7;s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar in a tweet said the blast was an attack on Nasheed.
“I wish him a speedy recovery. Know that he will never be intimidated, ”Jaishankar said.
Nasheed, 53, is now the Maldives’ first democratically elected leader after 30 years of dictatorship.He served as president from 2008 until 2012 when he resigned amid protests. He was defeated in the next presidential election and was not eligible for the 2018 election due to a prison sentence. His colleague Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the 2018 presidential election.
In 2019, Nasheed was elected Speaker of Parliament and he remains an influential figure in politics.
Nasheed has supported the world’s efforts to combat climate change, in particular a warning that rising seas caused by global warming threaten the low-lying islands of the Indian Ocean archipelago.
He is also a outspoken critic of religious extremism in most Sunni Muslim countries where preaching and other beliefs are prohibited by law.
The Maldives is known for its luxurious resort islands. But it has been seen as a rare, violent attack.In 2007, an explosion in a park in the capital killed 12 foreign tourists.
Associated Press reporter Krishan Francis contributed to this report from Colombo, Sri Lanka.