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Bomb blast puts former Maldives president in hospital, as he undergoes surgery to treat shrapnel wounds — RT World News From “RT World News”



Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives and the current speaker of the country’s parliament, is undergoing surgery after suffering shrapnel wounds following a bomb blast outside his home on Thursday night.

The injuries were caused when a bomb attached to a motorbike detonated as he left his residence late on Thursday, with the explosion heard across the country’s capital, Male, leaving the 53-year-old with shrapnel wounds.After he arrived at the medical facility, a spokesperson for Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party confirmed he had been injured but was “stable” amid “ongoing” surgeries.Footage on social media showed the aftermath of the explosion, with the remains of the damaged motorbike visible and police on the scene to aid those injured.Bystanders were seen on video providing support to individuals who were caught in the bomb blast, with one person seen on the ground with what appears to be a bandage wrapped around their leg.So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion and security officials have not publicly identified a potential culprit.A UK national is believed to have been injured in the explosion, according to local media reports, and Australian authorities have dispatched a team to the country to support the investigation.#BreakingNews In the Maldives, former president Mohamed Nasheed. Was wounded in an attempted car bomb attack along with his personnel security. The former president is currently getting medical treatment on his arm which was pierced by shrapnel from the bomb. pic.twitter.com/nBXXf9pqgB— War News (@ConflictCollec1) May 7, 2021After the explosion, the current Maldives president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, was seen arriving at the ADK hospital where Nasheed was being treated, having held a cabinet meeting earlier in the day and ahead of a nationally televised address on the situation.Speaking in the wake of the bomb blast, Solih, who is seen as a close political ally of Nasheed, called the explosion an attack on “democracy and economy”, with security being stepped up around the country’s islands.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Maldives in shock after explosion wounds Speaker Mohamed Nasheed | Maldives News From “Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera”



Mohamed Nasheed, the former Maldives president and current speaker of parliament, remains in hospital after a bomb attack that left him with serious shrapnel wounds and the Indian Ocean archipelago in shock.
The 53-year-old had just left his house in the capital, Male, and was about to get into his car late on Thursday when a bomb attached to a motorbike exploded. Residents said the blast was heard across the city.
Nasheed sustained several wounds in the blast and was taken to hospital for treatment, including surgery. Home Minister Imran Abdulla told local media Nasheed’s injuries were not life-threatening. One of Nasheed’s bodyguards was also taken to hospital.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih went to the hospital where Nasheed, a close ally, is being treated and called an emergency meeting following the attack.

The Liver surgery was supposed to be a 7 hour op but it might take more than that because of few complications. 🥺 Think of him in your Friday prayers! May Allah forgive his sins and grant him a painless recovery 🙏🏽❤️
— Susan 🔆 (@SusanIbrahim) May 7, 2021

Solih said on Friday the explosion was “an attack on democracy” and the Maldives’ tourism-dependent economy, and announced that Australian federal police investigators will arrive on Saturday to assist an investigation.
Neither the president nor police have given further details on the attack and no one has claimed responsibility.
“Nasheed escaped an assassination attempt,” a Maldivian government official told AFP news agency. “He is injured, but his condition is stable.”
Images on social media showed a destroyed motorbike at the scene of the attack, which was cordoned off by armed police units and security forces.
Soldiers secure a site after a bomb blast injured former Maldives president and current parliament speaker Mohamed Nasheed in Male [AFP]Meanwhile, many Maldivian officials and citizens took to social media to condemn the attack and wish Nasheed a speedy recovery.
Neighbouring India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar also expressed deep concern at the attack and said Nasheed “will never be intimidated”.

Strongly condemn the attack on Speaker of Parliament, President @MohamedNasheed this evening. Cowardly attacks like these have no place in our society. My thoughts and prayers are with President Nasheed and others injured in this attack, as well as their families.
— Abdulla Shahid (@abdulla_shahid) May 6, 2021

Deeply concerned at the attack on Speaker @MohamedNasheed. Wish him a speedy recovery. Know that he will never be intimidated.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) May 6, 2021

People who live 3 blocks away were shocked by the loud noise of the explosion.
Can’t imagine what it must’ve done to Nasheed, his security team and all the people in the vicinity.
— zaydamjad 🎈 (@zaydamjad) May 6, 2021

“This is very significant, not just in terms of scale but also in terms of target,” Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, told Al Jazeera.
“The fact that you have a former president who is still a very prominent political figure and a very prominent democratic leader in a region that is now marked by strongmen and hardline nationalists … is quite a big deal,” Kugelman said.
Nasheed in 2008 became the Maldives’ first democratically elected president, ending Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s 30-year rule.
But in 2012, he was forced out of office in a coup. In disputed elections the following year, he was defeated by Gayoom’s half-brother, Abdulla Yameen.
In 2015, Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in jail on terrorism charges widely criticised as politically motivated. A year later, he was granted prison leave for medical treatment in London. Nasheed was granted asylum in the United Kingdom in 2016 and returned to the Maldives after his nominee, Solih, won the 2018 presidential election, dealing a shock defeat to Yameen.
In 2019, he went on to win a parliamentary election and became speaker, the second most powerful position in the country.
Nasheed sustained several wounds in the blast and was taken to hospital for treatment, including surgery [AFP]Nasheed has championed global efforts to fight climate change and has also been an outspoken critic of religious “extremism” in the Maldives, a Sunni Muslim nation where preaching and practicing other faiths are banned by law.
Kugelman said political motivation was “always a possibility” behind the explosion that wounded Nasheed but also noted “there is a modest history of Islamist militancy in the Maldives.”
The country of some 340,000 people, a popular Indian Ocean holiday destination, has seen rare violent attacks, including against independent journalists. Some 300 Maldivians are known to have travelled to Syria to join ISIL (ISIS) at the height of the fighting there.
The armed group claimed a boat arson attack in the Maldives last year but there is little evidence the group has a presence in the archipelago.
In 2019, investigators said journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, who went missing in 2014, was killed by a local affiliate of al-Qaeda, publicly acknowledging for the first time the hardline group’s existence and efforts to silence liberal voices in the Maldives.
Yameen Rasheed, a prominent liberal blogger who led a campaign to find Rilwan, was killed in 2017.
Police officers inspect the area after a blast outside Nasheed’s house in Male [Police Service via Reuters]







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Idaho school shooting: Girl in Boise wounds three, police say From “BBC News – World”



The girl, likely aged 11 or 12, shot and wounded two of her fellow students and a member of staff.







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Syria says Israeli missile attack kills 1 person, wounds 6 From “World”



Syria’s state media says Israeli missiles have struck locations in northwestern towns, killing one person and wounding six







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Syria says Israeli missile attack kills 1 person, wounds 6 From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



Syria says Israeli missile attack kills 1 person, wounds 6







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Bomb explodes near school, wounds 21 in western Afghanistan From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



KABUL: A bomb exploded near a school in western Afghanistan on Monday wounding 21 people, many them young students, a provincial official said. Ambulances rushed to the site and took the wounded to nearby hospitals, said Abdul Jabar Shahiq, head of the health department in Farah province. At least 10 of the wounded were students at the school between the ages of 7 and 13, he said. He added that three of the wounded were in critical condition. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Taliban insurgents have a presence in the region. The bombing came three days after a powerful suicide truck bomb struck a guesthouse in eastern Afghanistan killing 21 people and wounding 90 others. Most of the casualties in that attack in Lagor province were high school students. No one has claimed responsibility for the late Friday night bombing in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar. The attack comes two days after the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 American troops officially began leaving the country. They will be out by September 11 at the latest. The pullout comes amid a resurgent Taliban, who control or hold sway over half of Afghanistan. The top US military officer said Sunday that Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and possibly some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal accelerates in the coming weeks. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Bomb explodes near school, wounds 21 in western Afghanistan From “World”



Provincial officials in western Afghanistan say a bomb has exploded near a school wounding 21 people, many them young students







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