JAKARTA - Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto was attacked by two assailants with a knife in Banten province in Java on Thursday (Oct 10).
Mr Wiranto, the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, was alighting from a vehicle in Banten's Pandeglang regency at around 11.55am when he was attacked, media reports say. One of the attackers was a young woman, police said later.
The male attacker was allegedly “exposed to IS radicalism”, police said as reported by AFP, referring to the Islamic State terror group.
News site Kompas.com reported that Mr Wiranto, 72, sustained two stab wounds in the lower part of his stomach.
Berkah Hospital spokesman Firmansyah told AFP that the former military general suffered “two deep wounds”, but was conscious and in stable condition, adding that he would be rushed to the capital Jakarta and may need surgery. Banten province is located some two hours from capital city Jakarta.
Pandeglang police said Major Dariyanto, a local police chief, and an individual identified as Fuad were wounded by the attackers.
Images showed that the local police chief suffered cuts on his back.
Indonesian national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo confirmed the incident and told media the perpetrator had been arrested, Reuters reported.
Officers wrestled the suspect and the woman 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, it said.
Elshinta Radio on its Twitter account showed a picture of the suspect sitting on the floor with his back against a wall, with a policeman by his side.
Detik news site reported that the woman, who could be the suspect's wife, was also detained.
An image supplied by the police showed the suspect and the woman who was dressed in black with only her eyes showing, were standing behind the vehicle as it arrived at the scene of attack.
Pandeglang police in its statement said the assailants were Syahril Alamsyah, 31, and the woman Fitri Andriana, 21.