Hence, I am concerned that the warning voiced repeatedly by the Police Chief regarding their security is not followed up
Jakarta (ANTARA) - People's Consultative Assembly Deputy Chairman Fadel Muhammad urged intensifying security of Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, National Intelligence Agency Chief General Budi Gunawan, and President's Special Staff Gories Mere after Wiranto was attacked.

"The security must be very tight. Do not let anyone infiltrate and do that," Fadel of the Golkar Party emphasized here on Thursday.

In fact, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Pandjaitan, Gunawan, and Mere, president's special staff in charge of intelligence and security, should have been offered tight security after the National Police Chief’s disclosure of an assassination plot targeting four high-ranking officials, he pointed out.

"Hence, I am concerned that the warning voiced repeatedly by the Police Chief regarding their security is not followed up," Fadel noted.

The lawmaker denounced the attack on Wiranto and called on the public to not make premature statements, as the police were yet conducting the legal process.

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In the meantime, Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara also appealed to the public to adopt a patient approach in awaiting accurate information from the Indonesian Police on the condition of Minister Wiranto.

"Let us wait for information from the right sources, specifically the Indonesian Police, which is the one having the capacity and capability to conduct investigation," Rudiantara stated.

"Do not make any speculation. I am also waiting for information from the Police," he remarked.

Wiranto sustained injuries after being stabbed by a man at the Menes Square area of Purwaraja Village, Menes Sub-district, Pandeglang District, Banten Province, on Thursday.

Wiranto was shielded by his assistant during the knife attack. He was thereafter moved to Pandeglang District's Berkah Public Hospital. He was later taken to Jakarta.

The police have placed in detention two suspects in connection with the knife attack on Wiranto in Pandeglang, Banten Province, on Thursday.

The first suspect, identified as Fitri Andriana Binti Sunarto, 21, is a resident of Brebes District in Central Java and currently resides in a rented house in Pandeglang District, the police stated here on Thursday.

Another suspect, Syahril Alamsyah, 31, is a male resident of Medan City in North Sumatra.

Following the attack, both suspects are yet under the Menes Police’s detention in Pandeglang.

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Translator: Boyke L Watra, Fardah
Editor: Sri Haryati
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