Se­cu­rity min­is­ter in stab­bing

The Australian - - FRONT PAGE - AMANDA HODGE CHANDNI VASANDANI JAKARTA

In­done­sia’s Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Wi­ranto was be­ing treated for two stab wounds to the ab­domen on Thurs­day night af­ter he was at­tacked by two sus­pected Is­lamic State sym­pa­this­ers in Pan­deglang re­gency, a no­to­ri­ous cen­tre of Is­lamic ex­trem­ism with links to the Bali bomb­ings.

The 72-year-old former In­done­sian gen­eral was air­lifted to Jakarta’s Ga­tot Subroto hos­pi­tal shortly af­ter the at­tack, which oc­curred as he was pre­par­ing to leave Mathla’ul Univer­sity, 90 min­utes west of the cap­i­tal.

Lo­cal po­lice chief Daryanto and a min­is­te­rial aide, Fuad, sus­tained in­juries as they tried to pacify the as­sailant.

A na­tional po­lice spokesman said the Co-or­di­nat­ing Min­is­ter for Po­lit­i­cal, Le­gal and Se­cu­rity Af­fairs was re­turn­ing to his car when he was at­tacked.

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