Former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed injured in blast

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On Thursday evening the blast happened at 20:39 local time as he was about to get into a car
outside his home
Local media reports a home-made explosive device was planted on a motorbike that was
parked nearby.A team from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) force will travel to the Maldives
to help in the investigation.Mr Nasheed, 53, was the first democratically elected president of
the Maldives and has been an outspoken critic of hardline Islamists. He won multi-party
elections in 2008 but was ousted in a coup four years later.Mr Nasheed is currently serving as
the speaker in parliament, which is the Indian Ocean nation's second-most powerful position.
President Ibrahim Solih described the explosion as "an attack on Maldives' democracy and
economy.”Ali Azim, an MP from the governing Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), told the
BBC the explosion appeared to be "a targeted attack against Mr Nasheed". No-one has
claimed the attack and there are no reports of arrests.Four other people are reported to have
been injured, including Mr Nasheed's bodyguards and bystanders.In a televised address to the
nation, President Solih, said an investigation had been launched, and that members of the
AFP would arrive on Saturday to assist local police.Mr Solih said the latest investigation would
be "swift and thorough" and that "the perpetrators would face the full force of the
law".Supporters of Mr Nasheed have gathered outside the hospital where he is being treated.
The hospital treating the former president said he was in a critical condition in intensive care
on Friday after surgery to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs.

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