Indonesia arrests 36 militant suspects ahead of inauguration

Indonesia arrests 36 militant suspects ahead of inauguration
Indonesian National Police spokesperson Brig.Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, right, and an aide show photos of evidence of confiscated items during raids following a knife attack against Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Prasetyo says tens of suspected militants plotting bombings and other attacks have been arrested in a new counterterrorism crackdown since last week's brazen assault by a knife-wielding militant couple who wounded the country's top security minister in a western province. (AP Photo/Niniek Karmini)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say they have arrested 36 suspected militants ahead of the presidential inauguration that will be attended by Asian leaders.

National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Thursday the arrests in eight provinces in the past week followed a tipoff about possible attacks against police and worship places in several areas.

Last week, a militant couple were arrested over the stabbing of Indonesia’s top security minister, Wiranto, who is recovering from his wounds.

Prasetyo said 31,000 security personnel were being deployed to secure the capital during the inauguration of President Joko Widodo at a parliamentary ceremony, though there has been no warning of a possible attack at the event.

Widodo was reelected in April with 55.5% of the vote.