JAKARTA – A man attacked Indonesia’s security minister and a policeman with a knife Thursday in Banten province, west of Java island, according to the country’s state broadcaster.
Wiranto – who uses just one name – and the police officer were taken to a public hospital in Indonesia’s Pandeglang province, while the assailant and a woman whom authorities identified as his wife, were arrested.
The politician was wounded in the abdomen but was reportedly in a stable condition, while the officer suffered wounds on his back. His condition is unknown.
Social media images show the moment Wiranto is attacked after exiting his vehicle before the assailant is neutralized by the politician and former leader of the army’s entourage.
The interior minister has been accused of human rights violations dating back to his days as leader of the armed forces during Indonesia’s 1998 student revolts and the months prior to the East Timor independence referendum in 1999.