Stabbers of Wiranto suspect to be a couple belongs to JAD

Stabbers of Wiranto suspect to be a couple belongs to JAD

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Jakarta: Two stabbers, one woman and a man, suspected to attack Wiranto, Indonesia’s chief security minister and a powerful politician, belong to the radical IS-group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). The suspects were identified as 31-year-old Syahril Alamsyah and Fitri Andriana, 21 -- a married couple, according to local media.

Two members of IS-linked terror network, JAD, stabbed Wiranto, while he was getting out of a car in a town square in Banten province , according to a BBC report. A police officer and two other people were injured while overpowering the couple, who were later arrested.

After the surgery for two deep wounds, his condition is said to be stable. Earlier police suspected that a man was behind the attack. But later, Television images showed security officers wrestling a man and woman to the ground in Pandeglang on Java island after the attack on Wiranto.

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 last year, State Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan told reporters in Jakarta.

The minister was taken by helicopter to hospital in Jakarta. The stabbing comes just over a week before President Joko Widodo begins a second term, after winning re-election in April. In May, at least six people were killed and 200 injured in Jakarta during mass rallies against the president. In the same month, police said Wiranto and three other officials were the targets of a failed assassination plot. (UNI)