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Indonesia minister stabbed by IS-linked pair

Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto was reportedly alighting from a vehicle when he was attacked Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto wounded in public stabbing
Robin Buchanan | 11 October, 2019, 00:24

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, speaks to journalists after visiting security minister Wiranto who was wounded in a knife attack, at a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, on October 10, 2019.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto was attacked by an assailant using some form of sharp weapon during a working visit on Thursday to Pandeglang, Banten.

Wiranto is wounded in the abdomen, and the minister is now undergoing treatments at a hospital in Pandeglang.

Security Minister Wiranto, 72, was stabbed in the abdomen as he was getting out of a auto in the western Banten province, said national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo.


Prasetyo says the attacker also wounded a police chief who was about to greet Wiranto as the latter alighted from a vehicle, along with a villager. "We are still questioning the female attacker", Dedi said on Thursday, October 10.

Wiranto was later rushed by helicopter to the capital Jakarta.

The motive for the attack, which came just a few days before Mr Widodo's inauguration for his second five-year term in office, was not immediately clear.

"The perpetrators are alleged to have been exposed to Islamic State radicalism", Prasetyo said, without elaborating.


JAD is among dozens of radical groups that have pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group in Indonesia, which has long struggled with militancy.

Investigations are underway to find out the groups that the two attackers belong to, he told local TV One.

Wiranto was named security minister in 2016 and wields significant power in Indonesian politics.

He was accused of being ultimately responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people in East Timor in 1999, when the province voted for independence.


Wiranto ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and for the vice-presidency in 2009.

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