4 suspects in May 6 blast positive for COVID-19, hindering probe

Home Minister Imran Abdulla said on Monday that the four suspects arrested in connection to the terror attack targeting Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed, along with a number of officers involved in the investigation in the case, are positive for COVID-19, resulting in the investigation progressing at a slower pace than hoped for.

A homemade remote-controlled IED was strapped to motorcycle parked nearby Nasheed’s residence, and was detonated at 08:27 pm on May 6, just as Nasheed, 54, exited his residence and went to get in his car. Nasheed was thrown to the ground and sustained multiple shrapnel wounds, while three members of his security detail and two bystanders sustained minor wounds.

He was rushed to ADK Hospital, where he underwent multiple lifesaving surgeries to remove ball bearings and other shrapnel, some of which perforated his internal organs.

Police are treating the case as a targeted terror attack to assassinate Nasheed,