Maldives May 6 attack suspects not directly linked to ISIS: police

Source: Xinhua| 2021-07-26 00:03:30|Editor: huaxia

MALE, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The 10 suspects arrested in connection to a terrorist attack targeting Maldives Speaker of Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed on May 6 have no direct links to ISIS, local media quoted the Maldives Police Service (MPS) as saying on Sunday.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz was quoted in SunOnline as saying that despite having no official connection with ISIS, "the suspects do follow the ideologies maintained by ISIS - and even has actively taken part in spreading this ideology."

Riyaz said that there was no concrete evidence to prove that any of the suspects was part of an ISIS cell or acting on the directions of the international terrorist organization.

The MPS revealed the names of the 10 suspects arrested in connection to the attack.

Nasheed was critically injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) as he was entering his car on May 6. The IED had been planted in a motorcycle parked near his car.

Nasheed was rushed to ADK Hospital in Male where he received multiple life saving surgeries. He was later transferred to Germany for recovery. Enditem