Indonesian security minister attacked by Daesh radical with knife

Wiranto has served as chief security minister in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet since 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 10 October 2019

Indonesian security minister attacked by Daesh radical with knife

  • Television footage showed the minister getting out of a car in Pandeglang, in Banten province before he was attacked

JAKARTA: A man wielding a knife attacked Indonesian Chief Security Minister Wiranto on Thursday, during a visit to a town on the island of Java, images from police and television showed.
The attacker was allegedly “exposed to ISIS radicalism”, police said, adding that a local police chief was also injured.
Television footage showed the minister getting out of a car in Pandeglang, in Banten province, before he was attacked and slumped to the ground.
A police photograph showed the minister, a former general, being carried on a stretcher into a nearby hospital.
National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo confirmed the incident and told media the perpetrator had been arrested and an officer had been hurt.
Officers wrestled the suspect to the ground and an image supplied by police showed the suspect, who was wearing a black shirt and light trousers with his arms and legs secured.
Wiranto, 72, has served as chief security minister in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet since 2016.
His appointment drew criticism from rights groups for his involvement as chief of the armed forces in the bloody upheaval in East Timor.
Wiranto was indicted by a UN panel over the bloodshed surrounding East Timor’s 1999 independence vote, when about 1,000 people were killed. Wiranto denied any wrongdoing in East Timor.


Serial airport stowaway remains jailed after latest arrest

Updated 14 October 2019

Serial airport stowaway remains jailed after latest arrest

  • Marilyn Hartman was arrested Friday night and later charged with felony criminal trespass

CHICAGO: A 67-year-old woman with a history of sneaking onto flights without a ticket will remain jailed after the latest incident in which police say she tried to get past security at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Marilyn Hartman was arrested Friday night and later charged with felony criminal trespass. A judge on Sunday granted her bail but ordered that she stay in custody until a related probation hearing.
Hartman’s arrest marks the latest chapter in a story that’s played out for a decade at airports across the US, including last year when she was arrested after sneaking on a flight from O’Hare to London.
She ultimately pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and was sentenced in March to 18 months’ probation after agreeing to stay away from Chicago’s two commercial airports.