The former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, is in critical condition after being injured in a suspected bomb blast in the capital, Malé, AFP reported, citing hospital officials.
"He remains in a critical condition in intensive care," the hospital said.
Nasheed has undergone a series of life-saving surgeries, private hospital ADK said, according to AFP.
The blast occurred as Nasheed, 53, was getting into a car outside his home at 20:39 local time on Thursday.
According to media reports, four other people were injured along with Nasheed, including bodyguards and bystanders.
Ali Azim, an MP from the governing Maldivian Democratic Party, was quoted by the BBC as saying that the explosion appeared to be "a targeted attack against Mr Nasheed".
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.