COLOMBO, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- A Maldives Member of Parliament (MP) is in serious condition after being stabbed in the back and is receiving treatment after being flown to Sri Lanka, local media reported here on Monday.
A member from MP Alhan Fahmy's family has confirmed that injuries sustained to the lower back has left the MP paralyzed from the waist down. However, the family member said that according to doctors, chances of the MP's recovery are high if the surgery is successful, local media outlet Sun reported.
MP Alhan Fahmy was transported from ADK Hospital to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on Sunday to be flown off to Sri Lanka for further treatment.
Police has obtained a statement from MP Alhan Fahmy over the stabbing that took place on Saturday night.
The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) have condemned the attack on MP Alhan Fahmy.
Although classified serious, Alhan is conscious and his condition is improving. The hospital said he has sustained injuries to the spine. He has been moved for scanning.
One person has been arrested for stabbing MP Alhan Fahmy.
Police has revealed that the individual arrested from the scene is an 18-year-old male. The young man was arrested by two policemen active on the scene in plain clothes.
According to Alhan's younger brother Shazban Fahmy, Alhan was stabbed in the back and was soon transported to ADK Hospital. An eyewitness said Alhan was transported to ADK on the back of a pickup truck. The MP is reported to have lost a lot blood.