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    Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019

    Indonesian Security Minister Stabbed by Members of Daesh-Linked Network - Intelligence Chief

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    Police have confirmed the incident and told the media that the assailliant had already been arrested. The minister was reportedly taken to hospital.

    Two knife-wielding Indonesians, a man and a woman, attempted to attack teh country's chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday, as he was on a visit to the town of Pandeglang in Banten province on the island of Java.

    According to Indonesian national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo, an officer, who tried to subdue the suspects, had been injured.

    The minister has reportedly been taken to hospital.

    Police have arrested the two and were said to be investigating whether they were inspired by Daesh*. A few hours later, State Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan told reporters in Jakarta that the attackers were members of a Daesh-linked network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

    "We have been able to identify the perpetrators as JAD members".

    *Daesh, also known as ISIS/IS/Islamic State, is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries.

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