THE attack on Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto was a humiliation for the intelligence services and the police. Although it failed, the assassination attempt also sounded the alarm that terrorist cells are still active and dangerous.
WIRANTO was attacked in the open, at close range, at Menes Square, Pandeglang, Banten, last week. The attacker was no marksmen concealed in a hiding place, but a skinny man armed only with a sharp knife.
The attacker, Shahril Alamsyah alias Abu Rara, waited for his target behind a police officer. As Wiranto stepped out of his car, he quickly bypassed the escort, then stabbed the former commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces. Judging by the wid...