Unlikely that the gov't was involved in May 6 attack, says Nasheed

Speaker of the Parliament and former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed has stated that he does not believe the government was involved in the May 6 terror attack that targeted him.

Nasheed was taken to ADK Hospital in Maldives' capital Male' on the night of May 6 after he sustained serious injuries in an explosion near his residence in Male'. According to the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), the blast occurred when an IED strapped to a motorcycle was detonated. Multiple critical surgeries were performed on Nasheed at ADK Hospital, and he is currently recuperating from his injuries in Germany and will be traveling to the United Kingdom soon for further treatment.

Nasheed was asked on the 'Ask Speaker' program aired Monday night whether he believed the government played a role in the May 6 attack against him. Answering the question, Nasheed said he does not believe the government was involved in the attack. Nasheed said the public will be aware that he is 'the government' and that the president of the country is the leader of the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party to which Nasheed belongs to. While the party holds a majority in the parliament, it is hard to believe the government had any role in the attack, said Nasheed.

However, Nasheed said he does not believe only the suspects arrested in connection to the blast are behind the attack. Nasheed said others would have been involved in planning and funding the attack, and such people must also be identified. Their target had been to assassinate him, said Nasheed.

Nasheed said if those involved in the attack remain unknown, life would be difficult for him in Male' City. The trust in the police service will also dwindle, he added.