Security Forces in the Maldives are now on alert after an attack targeted the speaker of the parliament and the former President Mohamed Nasheed after a blast had occurred outside his residence.

Both Maldives National Defense Force MNDF and the Police services have said that they had upped their alert level following the incident tonight.

In a tweet, MNDF confirmed that its soldiers were now actively on the scene of the attack and that it had increased its security after the attack. MNDF also said that it would increase its alert level.

Police at the scene of the attack against former President Nasheed/Photo: Police

Meanwhile, in a tweet, Police reported that following the unfortunate incident, the police service had increased its alert level to 3. Police added that it has now placed the highest priority in investigating the attack against the former President.

Both the government and the security forces had confirmed that Nasheed had suffered injuries during the attack and the explosion had occurred while he had walked to get into his car.