An ambulance carries the former president, who reportedly underwent 16 hours of surgery, to his flightImage: Mohamed Sharuhaan/AP Photo/picture alliance
Ex-Maldives president flies to Germany after bomb attack
May 13, 2021
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has been flown to Germany for further treatment after a bomb blast last week. Authorities say the explosion was an assassination attempt, blaming it on Muslim extremists.
Mohamed Nasheed's family on Thursday said the former president had flown to Germany for recovery after being released from hospital in the Maldives capital, Male.
The democracy pioneer and climate activist was targeted with a remote-controlled bomb rigged to a motorbike parked near the former president's car.
Doctors performed 16 hours of surgery on him to remove shrapnel from the liver, lungs and abdomen.
Male's AKD hospital discharged Nasheed on Thursday, allowing for his medical evacuation to Germany.
"We have released President Nasheed from hospital today. As he travels overseas for rehabilitation and recovery the management and employees of the hospital wish him a quick return to full health," the hospital said.
There was heavy security surrounding the ambulance that took Nasheed to the airport to be put aboard a special flight.
"A special thanks to the health sector of the Maldives," said Nasheed in comments thanking hospital and emergency staff."By the grace of Allah, I remain committed to delivering democratic good governance for the people."
Two of Nasheed's bodyguards and two apparent bystanders, including a British citizen, were also wounded. Police said the bomb was a homemade explosive device containing ball bearings.
Unpopular with extremists
Nasheed has been an outspoken critic of religious extremism in the mainly Sunni Muslim nation, where the preaching and practicing of other faiths are illegal. Religious hard-liners have criticized him for his liberal policies and closeness to the West.
He currently serves as the Maldives' parliamentary speaker.