Former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has been injured in an explosion near his home in the capital city of Malé. Nasheed, who currently heads the legislative branch of the Maldives government, is said to be undergoing treatment currently for significant injuries.
#BREAKING: Maldives Speaker of Parliament and President Mohamed Nasheed has been rushed to ADK Hospital after an explosion went off as he was about to enter his car tonight. He is reportedly injured. More details are awaited. This is a developing story.pic.twitter.com/WmdfiaVlE2
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) May 6, 2021
The apparent assassination attempt targets a very controversial figure in the Maldives, who claims to have been the first democratically elected leader of the country.
Nasheed served as president from 2008 to 2012, when he was forced to resign amid controversy and protests in which he claimed to have been forced out of office at gunpoint.
Nasheed has been a very vocal proponent of climate change activism and has frequently sought closer relations with the west in the majority Muslim nation.