Indonesian Security Minister Stabbed in ISIS Inspired Attack

Wiranto, Indonesia's current security minsiter, and former military chief and ex-presidential candidate, was getting out of a car in a town square in Banten province when he was attacked by a man who is reported to have carried out the attack after being exposed to IS Radicalism. 

Wiranto, 72, suffered "two deep wounds" to his stomach but is in a stable condition. A police officer and two other people were injured, while two suspects, a man and a woman, were arrested. The suspects are believed to be part of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) network, an organisation who claim to be behind some of the worst attacks in Indonesia - the world's most populous Muslim nation - in recent years, including an attack on a church in 2018, which left 13 dead.

Stanis Riyanta, a Jakarta-based terrorism expert, warned the attack could build momentum for others ahead of President Joko Widodo beginning a second term next week, after he was re-elected in April. "This is a warning for law enforcers that other terrorist cells could carry out attacks ahead of the 20 October inauguration," he told the BBC.


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