- Title: Indonesian minister stable after attack by suspected Islamic radical
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: JAKARTA, INDONESIA (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF HOSPITAL OF INDONESIAN CHIEF SECURITY MINISTER WIRANTO IS BEING TREATED SECURITY STANDING OUTSIDE HOSPITAL INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO LEAVING HOSPITAL MEDIA GATHERED OUTSIDE HOSPITAL (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT, JOKO WIDODO, SAYING: "This afternoon I have already ordered the police chief and the intelligence agency chief, supported by the Indonesian army, to thoroughly investigate and punish the perpetrators, along with their entire network in relation to the incident earlier in the day. We also call on the whole of society to combat radicalism and terrorism in our nation." WIDODO SPEAKING TO REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT, JOKO WIDODO, SAYING: "Wiranto is conscious but (he is) now in the operating theatre." WIDODO LEAVING, MEDIA FOLLOWING MEDIA FILMING AND TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY CHIEF, BUDI GUNAWAN, SAYING: "We can identify that the perpetrators are from (the Islamic State inspired) JAD (Jemaah Ansharut Daulah) Bekasi group. We know that Abu Rara started in JAD Kediri, we then found out that he moved to Bogor after he divorced his first wife. From there he moved to Menes, where he was helped by Abu Syamsuddin from JAD Menes to stay. We have detected some activities and we are now in the process of arresting the network's members." INDONESIAN VICE PRESIDENT JUSUF KALLA ARRIVING AT HOSPITAL PANDEGLANG, INDONESIA (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WIRANTO AT EVENT BEFORE HE WAS STABBED
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 13:25
- Keywords: Indonesia attack Wiranto minister Joko WIdodo
- Location: JAKARTA AND PANDEGLANG, INDONESIA
- City: JAKARTA AND PANDEGLANG, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IL2YV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Indonesia's chief security minister was stabbed on Thursday (October 10) by a man authorities suspect had been radicalized by Islamic State ideology, and underwent surgery for his wounds, the first time such a senior politician has been attacked in recent years.
President Joko Widodo said that security had to be improved and the network behind the attack has to be dismantled after visiting the minister at the military hospital in Jakarta, where Wiranto was undergoing surgery.
Wiranto, 72, who like many Indonesians uses just one name, has served as chief security minister in President Joko Widodo's cabinet since 2016.
Police 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 around noon, said Tomsi Tohir, Banten police chief.
Indonesia, which is the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, is grappling with a resurgence in militancy and hundreds have detained under tighter new anti-terrorism laws since the beginning of 2019.
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