Indonesian minister stable after attack by suspected Islamic radical, say police

Indonesian minister stable after attack by suspected Islamic radical, say police

A man and a woman carried out the attack at 11:55 a.m. Jakarta time, when the minister was about to shake hands with residents in Alun-Alun park of Pandeglang district of the province, the spokesman said.

Officials say the minister is in stable condition.

The motive for the attack, which came just a few days before Mr Widodo's inauguration for his second five-year term in office, was not immediately clear.

President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla has visited Wiranto at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital.

Police have reportedly arrested a man and a woman, and are said to be investigating whether they were inspired by Daesh*.

National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo confirmed both suspects - identified as Syahril Alamsyah, 31, and Fitri Andriana, 21 - have been arrested.

ANTARA learned that a helicopter has been on standby at the Pandeglang Square for evacuating Wiranto to Jakarta.

The minister has reportedly been taken to hospital.

Mr Prasetyo also said the attacker injured a police chief who was about to greet Wiranto as the Minister alighted from a auto, along with a villager.

They were members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an extremist group responsible for deadly suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya past year, State Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan told reporters in Jakarta.

The government scrambled to tighten its security 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.

"While very serious, this attempt should not be over dramatized".

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.

He ran unsuccessfully for president and vice president in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

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