The family of the former president and current speaker of parliament say doctors are “ very happy ” with his recovery from life-saving surgery.
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed is conscious and without respiratory assistance after undergoing multiple surgeries, his family said, as police announced two arrests linked to the blast. seriously injured him.
The ruling Maldivian Democratic Party leader and current speaker of parliament, 53, was taken to hospital after a bomb exploded as he tried to get into his car after leaving home family in the capital, Malé, Thursday evening.
There has been no claim of responsibility, but police said on Saturday two people had been arrested in connection with the blast, which is being treated as a “terrorist” attack.
Two people were arrested in connection with # May06TerrorAttack. Further information will be shared at a press conference this afternoon.
– Maldives Police (@PoliceMv) May 8, 2021
“I’m fine,” Nasheed said after stopping breathing, according to a tweet from her sister, Nashida Sattar, on Saturday. His brother, Ibrahim Nashid, said doctors were “very happy” with Nasheed’s recovery.
“He has no more vitality and no longer breathes on his own,” he said in a tweet. “I managed to exchange a few words. Promised to come back stronger. I believe him.
The doctors are very happy with the progress of the recovery. He has no more life and breathes on his own. I managed to exchange a few words. Promised to come back stronger. I believe him. 😊
– Nash (@i_nashid) May 8, 2021
Doctors said on Friday that Nasheed had to undergo surgery over a 16-hour period to remove shrapnel and treat life-threatening injuries to his head, chest and abdomen.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih described the incident as “an attack on democracy and the economy of the Maldives” and ensured a “prompt and thorough investigation”.
Nasheed, who in 2008 became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, openly criticizes extremist groups in the Sunni Muslim island archipelago, and was instrumental in investigating allegations of corruption against opposition leaders .
In 2007, an explosion blamed on extremists targeted foreign tourists and injured 12 people.