Wiranto attack: What it says of the dangers that Indonesia faces

The stabbing on Thursday of Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto marks the first time ISIS militants have succeeded in attacking a senior Indonesian politician.

Mr Wiranto was stabbed twice in the abdomen at a public event in Banten by a ninja-style dagger allegedly wielded by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sympathiser Syahril Alamsyah, alias Abu Rara. The suspected assailant appears to have acted in concert with his wife Fitri Andriana who stabbed a local police chief and was also apprehended.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2019, with the headline 'Wiranto attack: What it says of the dangers that Indonesia faces'. Subscribe