Air ambulance to evacuate wounded British honeymooners

Oct 2, 2007 (AFP) – An air ambulance arrived in the Maldives Tuesday to evacuate a British honeymoon couple wounded in a weekend bomb attack, a minister said. The plane, chartered by the Maldivian government, will airlift Christian and Jennifer Donelan, both 32, to Britain, where they will undergo further medical treatment, Tourism Minister Mahamood Shougee said.

“The plane arrived this morning (Tuesday) and the Donelans’ medical team will decide if they should fly out later today or on Wednesday,” Shougee told AFP by telephone from the Maldivian capital Male.

Doctors in Male said the couple may need skin grafts after they were burnt in Saturday’s crude bomb attack.

Two Japanese and eight Chinese tourists were also hurt in the blast.

The Donelans, who live in Qatar, married in Italy two weeks ago and were on their honeymoon in the Indian Ocean atoll nation.

Their insurance did not cover acts of terrorism, but the Maldivian government stepped in to pay for the plane as a goodwill gesture, Shougee said.

The bomb, which was packed with nails and detonated by mobile phone, was the first terrorist strike of its kind in the archipelag