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Indonesia's security minister wounded in stabbing, police say

Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto was reportedly alighting from a vehicle when he was attacked

"His condition is stable and at the moment he is being evacuated to a hospital in Jakarta", Tomsi Tohir, Banten police chief told Metro TV.

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

Widodo, who appointed Wiranto to the top security post in 2016, visited him at the hospital.

Police said the attacker had been exposed to "IS radicalism".

As Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security, Wiranto supervises several ministries and agencies, including the national police and defense, which have been in charge of the government's counterinsurgency campaign.

The assault happened after the senior minister attended the inauguration of a university building in Sindanghayu village, Saketi subdistrict, local news media is reporting.

A local police chief, an army officer and an assistant also suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the attackers belonged to Jemaah Ansharuf Daulah, a Muslim militant network in Indonesia aligned with the Islamic State group which security officials believe has followers in Banten. Police had arrested a man and a woman they suspected were a couple, and seized sharp weapons they were carrying, including knives and a pair of scissors.

"While very serious, this attempt should not be over dramatized".

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. He denied the allegations.

Aside from a failed attack on the South Sulawesi governor in 2011, it was the first time in recent history that militants had been this close to an assassination of such a senior figure in Indonesia, she said.

He ran unsuccessfully for president and vice president in 2004 and 2009, respectively.