CP urges against actions that could hinder ‘well-organized’ May 6 blast probe

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Muzain Nazim)

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has appealed against actions which could hinder the police investigation into the targeted terror attack to assassinate Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed earlier this May.

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.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has appointed a special envoy to monitor the investigation into the attack, which is being conducted with technical support from foreign investigative agencies.

While police have made four arrests in connection to the case, many have taken to social media to express discontent over lack of progress in identifying the people who funded the attack. Nasheed’s “fake” Twitter account recently tweeted that authorities weren’t making effort to find the people who funded the attack.

In a tweet on Sunday morning, CP Hameed said the police investigation into the terror attack is well-organized, and conducted in accordance with technical advice from foreign experts.

“I urge that people refrain from actions that could hinder the investigation into such a case or cast doubt over the integrity of the investigation,” he said.

Hameed said that the police are investigating all aspects surrounding the case.

“I ask that anyone with information regarding this case, whether even a little or a lot, share the information directly with the police,” he said.

Hameed asked that anyone with information regarding the attack call the hotline 9704000 or submit information, including photos and videos, to the online evidence submission portal.

Police have made four arrests in connection to the case: Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed, 26, Hiyaa, GDh. Thinadhoo; Mujaz Ahmed, 21, Ma. Feyruge, K. Male’; Thahmeen Ahmed, 32, Folheyma, GA. Kondey; and Ahmed Fathih, 23, Dhunfiniufaa, L. Gan. Adhuham is believed to be the man who detonated the IED.