3 dead, 1 injured in sword attack on Indonesia police headquarters

16 May, 2018, 15:03 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • A security vehicle drives along a road after an attack at the Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru Sumatra

Four men who attacked a police station with samurai swords in Indonesia have been shot dead, authorities say.

Five men attacked the Riau Police headquarters on Jl.

State news agency Antara said two journalists who had been at the police headquarters were also hurt in the attack.

Local police initially said they had killed three people and wounded another.

Earlier, an internal police report said one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

Most attacks in recent years have been limited to low-level operations against domestic security forces.

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The attack followed multiple terrorist strikes recently in the country, including the riot in a jail in the capital last week, suicide bombings in three churches on Sunday in Surabaya city, the provincial capital of East Java, and a suicide bombing in the police headquarters in the city, which left at least 28 dead with dozens injured.

Police suspect they were carried out by a cell of the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an umbrella organization on a U.S. State Department terrorist list that is reckoned to have drawn hundreds of Indonesian sympathizers of Islamic State.

The church bombing family were in the same religious study group as the two other families linked to the attacks, police said.

Doddy said the police shot and killed both perpetrators.

"They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week", said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin, adding that police were pursuing the teacher for questioning.

A police officer was killed and one of the assailants arrested.

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