Suspected IS radical stabs Indonesian security minister

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2019

JAD is among dozens of radical groups that have pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group in Indonesia, which has long struggled with Islamist militancy.

"He is now in surgery and I ask that all Indonesians pray that he gets well soon", said President Joko Widodo.

"We suspect the man was exposed to radical ISIS beliefs".

In the same month, police said Wiranto and three other officials were the targets of a failed assassination plot.

Eyewitness Madrohim told an AFP reporter that Andriana was dressed in a body-and-face-covering niqab.

Footage showed the minister falling to the ground after emerging from his auto as security personnel moved in to defend him. The woman also tried to stab him.

The group has been blamed for past bomb attacks in Indonesia. A husband and wife have been arrested in relation to the attack.

The government scrambled to tighten its anti-terrorism laws after a series of suicide bombings linked to the Islamic State-inspired Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya previous year.

"JAD members are targeting what they call Ansharut Thagut (tyranny) and that includes senior government officials", said Muhammad Syauqillah, program director of the University of Indonesia's Terrorism Study Center.

Police say a knife-wielding man has injured Indonesia's Security Minister, a local police chief and another two people in a western province.

As chief of the armed forces from 1998 to 1999, when the national police force was still under military control, Wiranto oversaw security and defence at a time when student protests erupted nationwide and eventually led to the fall of president Suharto in 1998.

Dedi said police anti-terror unit Detachment 88 will be investigating the attack. Wiranto denied any wrongdoing in East Timor.

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