Suspected IS radical stabs Indonesian's security minister Wiranto

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

Television images showed security officers wrestling a man and woman to the ground outside a university in Pandeglang on Java island after the attack on Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Indonesia Chief Security Minister Wiranto delivers a speech during a meeting between former militants and victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 28, 2018.

"The perpetrators are alleged to have been exposed to Islamic State radicalism", he told reporters.

The attacker, who was restrained by Wiranto's aides, and a female companion were arrested, police said.

Wiranto, who uses one name, was getting out of a vehicle in a town square in Banten province when he was attacked.

They were members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an extremist group responsible for deadly suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya past year, State Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan told reporters in Jakarta.

Police have reportedly arrested a man and a woman, and are said to be investigating whether they were inspired by Daesh*.

Indonesia, which is the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, is grappling with a resurgence in militancy.

Last year, JAD staged a wave of suicide bombings by families - including young children - at churches in Surabaya, killing a dozen congregants.

As chief of the armed forces from 1998 to 1999, when the national police force was still under military control, Wiranto oversaw security and defence at a time when student protests erupted nationwide and eventually led to the fall of president Suharto in 1998.

"They were stabbed but are in stable condition and fully conscious", said Banten police chief Tomsi Tohir.

Wiranto was indicted by a United Nations panel over the bloodshed surrounding East Timor's 1999 independence vote, when about 1,000 people were killed.

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