Police Suspect Wiranto Stabber Exposed to ISIS Ideology

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  • Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Wiranto was attacked by a man holding a knife during the minister's visit to Islamic boarding school Mathla'ul Anwar, Labuan, Banten, on Thursday, October 10, 2019. The perpetrator was immediately caught by the police. Photo: Special

    Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Wiranto was attacked by a man holding a knife during the minister's visit to Islamic boarding school Mathla'ul Anwar, Labuan, Banten, on Thursday, October 10, 2019. The perpetrator was immediately caught by the police. Photo: Special

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The police suspect that the man who stabbed Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Wiranto, committed the crime for having a radical ideology. Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, head of the National Police Headquarters' Public Information Bureau, said that the two people who attacked the minister were likely to have been exposed to ISIS ideology.

    "We suspect the man was exposed to radical ISIS beliefs. We are still questioning the female attacker," Dedi said on Thursday, October 10.

    The two attackers are currently being interrogated at the Banten Regional Police Headquarters. 

    Wiranto was attacked when visiting the Mathla'ul Anwar Islamic Boarding School in Labuan, Banten, today. Photos circulating online showed the minister was attacked by a man wearing white trousers.

    The man could be seen holding a short sharp object that looks like a knife. He attacked the minister next to his car.

    Wiranto is wounded in the abdomen, and the minister is currently undergoing treatments at a hospital in Pandeglang. 

    Aside from Wiranto, the local police chief was also stabbed. He was standing near the minister when the attack occurred.

    "He was wounded on his back," Dedi said.  

    Andita Rahma