Indonesia security minister stabbed by suspected Isis radical

Indonesian Minister for Political Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto talks to reporters in Jakarta Indonesia

Indonesian Minister for Political Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto talks to reporters in Jakarta Indonesia

Television images showed security officers wrestling a man and a woman to the ground outside a university in Pandeglang on Java island after the attack on the 72-year-old, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

It said police had detained two suspects identified as Syahril Alamsyah, 31 and Fitri Andriana Sunarto, 21.

Wiranto, who uses one name, was getting out of a vehicle in a town square in Banten province when he was attacked.

Wiranto was later rushed by helicopter to the capital Jakarta.

Three others - a local police chief and two aides - also suffered knife wounds in Thursday's attack but authorities said they had non-life-threatening injuries.

He said investigators are trying to determine whether the attackers belonged to Jemaah Ansharuf Daulah, a Muslim militant network in Indonesia aligned with the Islamic State group which security officials believe has followers in Banten.

Police have reportedly arrested a man and a woman, and are said to be investigating whether they were inspired by Daesh*. The government scrambled to tighten its anti-terrorism laws after a series of suicide bombings linked to the Isis-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah group killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya previous year.

Wiranto, the retired chief of the armed forces and a failed presidential candidate, was appointed to his post in 2016 and oversees several departments, including the foreign affairs and defence ministries.

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.

"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.

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