Blast: Police make key arrest, release identities of 10 suspects

Combined photos of (clockwise from top L) Ali Haisham, Nooreege, N. Manadhoo; Fahumy Ali, Hudhuruvaage, GA. Vilingili; Is’haq, M. Kudhehige, K. Male’; Mohamed Nazim, Asareege, AA. Maalhos; Mohamed Thasleem, Alanaasige, HA. Hoarafushi; and Abdulla Ali Manik, Bahaaruge, HA. Molhadhoo. (Photo/Maldives Police Service) Police have released the identities of all 10 suspects arrested in connection to the IED attack targeting Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed on May 6, including a man they believe to have been one of the people who led the planning of the attack.

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.

In a press conference on Saturday night, Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed announced authorities have made a significant arrest in the case – a suspect they believe played a key role in planning the attack.