Indonesian security minister attacked by man with knife

The suspect and a female who was with the suspect have been detained

Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto wounded in public stabbing

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.

"They were stabbed but are in stable condition and fully conscious", said Banten police chief Tomsi Tohir.

The attack comes just over a week before President Joko Widodo kicks off a second term after his April re-election.

ANTARA learned that a helicopter has been on standby at the Pandeglang Square for evacuating Wiranto to Jakarta. Videos showed him being carried on a stretcher, the left side of his abdomen covered with bandages and an oxygen mask strapped to his face.

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Mr Prasetyo also said the attacker injured a police chief who was about to greet Wiranto as the Minister alighted from a vehicle, along with a villager.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Police identified the suspect as Syahril Alamsyah and said they also arrested his wife, Fitri Andriana.

Police did not say if either suspect belonged to one of dozens of radical groups that have pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group in Indonesia, which has long struggled with Islamist militancy.

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"The perpetrators are alleged to have been exposed to Islamic State radicalism", Prasetyo said, without elaborating.

According to Indonesia's State Intelligence Agency (BIN) the man had been monitored for a while before attacking Wiranto.

Born the son of an impoverished teacher, Wiranto graduated from the national military academy in 1968 and rose to become head of the armed forces.

Wiranto was indicted by a United Nations panel over the bloodshed surrounding East Timor's 1999 independence vote, when about 1,000 people were killed.

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Wiranto ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and for vice president in 2009.

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