The Maldives Police Service has stated that the suspects apprehended in connection with the May 6 bombing were unaware of Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed’s travels prior to the attack.
In a press conference on Saturday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz revealed that the suspects carried out the attack by tracing Nasheed’s movements and that Nasheed’s travel plans were not leaked.
According to Assistant Commissioner Riyaz, the investigation into the May 6 bombing has turned up no evidence of funding for the attack, either to acquire the motorcycle used in the attack or as a reward for the attack.
Police also revealed the identities and roles of the ten people arrested in connection with the May 6 bomb blast during the press conference.
Six of the suspects’ identities were revealed for the first time. They are as follows:
- Ali Haisham, 27, Nooreege, N. Manadhoo
- Is’haq, M. Kudhehige, K. Male’
- Fahumy Ali, Hudhuruvaage, GA. Vilingili
- Mohamed Nazim, Asareege, AA. Maalhos
- Abdulla Ali Manik, Bahaaruge, HA. Mulhadhoo
- Mohamed Thasleem, Alanaasige, HA. Hoarafushi
The ringleaders were identified as Thasleem, Is’haq, and Ali Haisham by Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed.
The identities of the other four suspects arrested in the case have previously been revealed by police: Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed, 26, Hiyaa, GDh. Thinadhoo; Mujaz Ahmed, 21, Ma. Feyruge, K. Male’; Thahmeen Ahmed, 32, Folheyma, GA. Kondey; and Ahmed Fathih, 23, Dhunfini Ufaa, L. Gan.