Security minister in stabbing
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.