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

16 May 2018, 10:31 | Erica Roy

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

The attackers rammed a van into a gate at the Riau police station in Pekanbaru on Wednesday, before getting out and continuing the assault, national police spokesman Setyo Wasist confirmed.

Indonesian police fatally shot four suspected militants Wednesday when they attacked a police headquarters in Riau province.

TV footage showed one man lying on the ground with a long sword next to his body. All three incidents involved the children of the three families, who knew each other and studied the Quran together, police said Tuesday.

Just two days ago, on Monday, 10 people were injured in a suicide bombing as two motorcycles drove into a checkpoint at a police station in the Indonesian port city of Surabaya.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks. Another police officer and a journalist were also wounded in the sword attack.


This week's bloody violence is putting pressure on lawmakers to pass a stalled security law that would give police more power to take pre-emptive action against people suspected of planning terror attacks.

"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.

Separately, Sunarto said police are still searching for more attackers.

Indonesia's elite anti-terror force Densus 88 has responded with a series of raids in which several suspected militants have been shot dead - including the second-ranking member of the local chapter of extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), believed responsible for the attacks.



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