Banten, gesahkita.com--A number of soldiers wearing green camouflage carry a man on a stretcher up some stairs. One other man holds an umbrella.
Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto was stabbed in the abdomen by a 31-year-old man.
Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister Wiranto is conscious and in a stable condition after being stabbed by a man authorities suspect has been radicalised by Islamic State ideology, police district Banten say.
A 31-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly attacking Wiranto and three other people with a knife
Police say the suspect may have been exposed to Islamic State ideology
Wiranto has been airlifted to a Jakarta hospital with two injuries to his stomach.
Television footage showed the Minister slump to the ground beside his car after the attack in Pandeglang, in Banten province, west of the capital on the island of Java.
“His condition is stable and at the moment he is being evacuated to a hospital in Jakarta,” Banten police chief Tomsi Trans TV.
A police photograph showed the Minister, a former military general, being carried on a stretcher into a nearby hospital.
The Minister had suffered two stomach injuries, Berkah Hospital director Firmansyah said.
A policeman, an army officer as a personal guard and an assistant were also injured.
Mr Tohir said police had arrested a man and a woman they suspected were a couple, and seized sharp weapons they were carrying, including knives and a pair of scissors.
The Minister had been in the area to open a new building at a university and people were lining up to shake his hand and take selfies with him before the attack about noon.
“For the time being, the suspicion from Banten police is the man is likely to have been exposed to IS radicalism, while the woman is still being investigated,” national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said.
Officers wrestled the suspect to the ground, and an image supplied by police showed the suspect, who was wearing a black shirt and light trousers, with his arms and legs secured.
Indonesia, which is the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, is grappling with a resurgence in militancy.
The Government scrambled to tighten its anti-terrorism laws after a series of suicide bombings linked to the IS-inspired Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya last year.
Hundreds of people have been detained under the new laws since the beginning of 2019.
Wiranto, standing in front of an Indonesian flag, points to his head.
Wiranto has served in Joko Widodo’s Cabinet since 2016.(Reuters: Beawiharta)
Wiranto, 72, has served as Chief Security Minister in President Joko Widodo’s Cabinet since 2016.(asj & others)