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Indonesian minister stabbing exposes major flaws in security

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, October 12, 2019   /  08:15 am
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Military personnel carry Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto to a helicopter to be medevaced after he was attacked in Pandeglang, Banten, on Thursday.(AFP/Sammy)

An attack on Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto in broad daylight in Pandeglang, Banten, has shed light on major flaws in the country's security for high-ranking officials, despite tightened surveillance on suspected terror networks in the past two years. The National Police revealed on Friday that the man suspected of stabbing the chief security minister, identified only as SA or Abu Rara, is an untrained member of homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulat (JAD) — which had shown no signs it was planning to commit such a violent act. The 31-year-old had been on the police's radar for months for his affiliation with the group's Bekasi chapter leader, Abu Zee, who had been arrested along with at least another eight followers last month for allegedly planning to attack a police station in the West Java regency. He was known ...