Maldives ex-president injured in blast...

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Maldives ex-president injured in blast

 International Desk

 Published: 09:40 PM, 7 May 2021  

Maldives ex-president injured in blast

Maldives ex-president injured in blast

The former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has been injured in a suspected bomb blast in the capital, Male.

The blast happened as he was about to get into a car outside his home on Thursday evening.

Local media reports a homemade explosive device was planted on a motorbike that was parked nearby.

A team from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) force will travel to the Maldives to help in the investigation.

Mr Nasheed, 53, was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives and has been an outspoken critic of hardline Islamists. He won multi-party elections in 2008 but was ousted in a coup four years later.

Mr Nasheed is currently serving as the speaker in parliament, which is the Indian Ocean nation's second-most powerful position.

President Ibrahim Solih described the explosion as "an attack on Maldives' democracy and economy."