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Indonesia's Security Minister Wounded in Stabbing by Suspected ISIS Radical

Indonesia's Security Minister Wounded in Stabbing by Suspected ISIS Radical

Thursday, 10 October, 2019 - 08:00
Police stand guard outside the Kampung Melayu bus terminal, the site of suicide bombings, in Jakarta, Indonesia May 25, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken May 25, 2017. Antara Foto/Puspa Perwitasari via REUTERS
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An attacker allegedly "exposed to ISIS radicalism" stabbed Indonesian security minister Wiranto as he was stepping into a vehicle during a visit in Banten province Thursday, leaving two deep wounds, police said.

"Someone approached and attacked him. The local police chief and Pak (Mr) Wiranto were injured," National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said of the attack in Pandeglang on Java island, adding that a man and a woman had been arrested.

Television images showed security officers wrestling the couple to the ground outside a local university after the attack on 72-year-old Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Berkah Hospital spokesman Firmansyah said the former military general suffered "two deep wounds", but was conscious and in stable condition, adding that he would be rushed to the capital Jakarta and may need surgery.

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