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World Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto injured in public stabbing

12:20  10 october  2019
12:20  10 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Indonesian security minister Wiranto . Photo: AP. Southeast Asia. Indonesia ’s national police spokesman confirmed the incident and said a man and woman had been arrested.

A man wielding a knife attacked Indonesia 's chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday, during a visit to the town of Pandeglang in Banten province on the island of Java, images from police and television showed. Indonesian national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo confirmed the incident and

Wiranto© AP Wiranto Police say a knife-wielding man has injured Indonesia's Security Minister, a local police chief and another two people in a western province.

National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said in a news conference on Thursday Chief Security Minister Wiranto suffered an abdomen injury.

Wiranto, who goes by one name, was flown to Jakarta and was in stable condition in hospital.

Mr Prasetyo said the man who attacked the security official during a visit in Banten province may have been exposed to the Islamic State group.

"We are still investigating, but from our preliminary investigations we have found that the suspect is influenced by the radical teachings of ISIS," he said.

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Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto was attacked by an It appears a police officer was injured in the attack. "We are still seeking confirmation but from the photos that we have seen the local police chief was stabbed , stabbed in the back," National Police spokesperson Brig.

A knife-wielding man wounded Indonesia 's security minister , a local police chief and another person in a western province on Thursday. President Joko Widodo, who appointed Wiranto to the top security post, said he would visit him at an army hospital in central Jakarta.

Mr Prasetyo also said the attacker injured a police chief who was about to greet Wiranto as the Minister alighted from a car, along with a villager.

The 51-year-old alleged attacker and a 20-year-old female companion were arrested.

Wiranto, 72, has served as Chief Security Minister in President Joko Widodo's Cabinet since 2016.

His appointment drew criticism from rights groups for his involvement as chief of the armed forces in the bloody upheaval in East Timor.

Wiranto was indicted by a UN panel over the bloodshed surrounding East Timor's 1999 independence vote, when about 1,000 people were killed. Wiranto denied any wrongdoing in East Timor.

More to come.

ABC/Wires

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