Former Maldives president injured in explosion: media report

Mohammed Nasheed, the democratically elected president of the Maldives who was later deposed by a coup, speaks at the press conference of the 2017 Oslo Freedom on Forum May 22, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in central Oslo, Norway. During the opening press conference of the Oslo Freedom Forum, human rights activists from around the world spoke on the importance to defend democracy in today's increasingly authoritarian world. The use of fake news and the gradual disassembly and defamation of working democratic institutions, including the press, were identified as key elements of a disintegrating democratic state. (Photo by Julia Reinhart/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Former Maldives president and parliament speaker Mohamed Nasheed was injured Thursday in an explosion in capital Male, local media reported.

The explosion, suspected to be a bomb blast, went off as Nasheed was getting into his car outside his home, state TV channel PSM reported.

Some reports said a foreign tourist was also injured in the explosion, while other reports said one of Nasheed’s bodyguards was also taken to hospital.

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