Monday, 21 May, 2018

Officer, 4 attackers wielding samurai swords dead in Indonesia police station assault

Indonesian activists hold candles for the recent victims of terror attacks during a vigil in Jakarta Indonesian activists hold candles for the recent victims of terror attacks during a vigil in Jakarta
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 10:30

Riau Police Chief Inspector General Nandan said a group of suspected militants crashed a auto into the gate of the headquarters around 9 a.m.

The attack is the latest in a spate of attacks in the country.

A van carrying four men drove up to the front gate of the outpost of the city of Riau, and one of the men jumped out of the vehicle and began attacking police with a samurai sword.

Media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police did not immediately confirm the reports.

The attack comes as the Southeast Asian nation has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks on churches and a police station, involving multiple suicide bombings carried out by families, including young children.

No group has yet taken responsibility for Wednesday's attack.

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Police shot a militant and arrested at least 13 others in a series of raids following the Surabaya attack.

"Four suspects were killed by police personnel during the attack".

All six bombers were killed, including the mother who was Indonesia's first known female suicide bomber. A suicide bombing was also reported at the city's police headquarters on Monday when bike-borne attackers blew themselves up at the checkpoint to the precinct.

"We are now checking the minivan and the body of the assailants", said Riau Police spokesman Adj. Sr.

The radical group supports Islamic State, whose ambitions have been reined in after losing most of the land it once occupied in Iraq and Syria. One ran away but was later captured and taken to the Pekanbaru Police headquarters.

They followed a deadly prison riot staged by Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail near Jakarta last week.

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