IS radical stabs ex-Indonesian army chief Wiranto

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Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto was stabbed by an IS radical as he stepped out of a vehicle near a university on Thursday, police have confirmed.

In a separate press conference, Dedi said the Banten Police had arrested one man, identified with the initials SA, and one woman, identified as FA, following the incident. The minister had suffered two wounds to his stomach, said Firmansyah, director of the Berkah Hospital.

"His condition is stable and at the moment he is being evacuated to a hospital in Jakarta", Tomsi Tohir, Banten police chief told Metro TV.

"Someone approached and attacked him".

In May, police said Wiranto and three other top officials were targeted in a failed assassination plot linked to deadly riots in Jakarta after Widodo's re-election victory.

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.

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Bodyguards wrestled the attacker to the ground and tied his hands behind his back while others helped Wiranto, who stumbled to the ground.

Wiranto, 72, who like many Indonesians uses just one name, has served as chief security minister in President Joko Widodo's cabinet since 2016.

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 past year.

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In 2003, Wiranto, then already retired from the military, and seven other former military officials were indicted by a United Nations panel for alleged crimes against humanity for atrocities in East Timor after the region voted for independence from Indonesia in a 1999 referendum.

The controversial former general headed the Indonesian military during the occupation of East Timor and while he has never stood trial stands accused of human rights abuses.

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