Friday, 19 October, 2018

1st LD: Militants attack police headquarters in Riau, Indonesia, 1 dead

Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru Officer, 4 attackers wielding samurai swords dead in Indonesia police station assault
Jay Anderson | 16 May, 2018, 14:03

Indonesian policemen examine a auto used by attackers outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau.

Metro TV reported that after the white minivan crashed into the entrance gate, three men armed with swords jumped out and started attacking several police officers.

"When the vehicle broke through into the Riau police headquarters, it was blocked by policemen", Wasisto told a televised news conference.

"Two police officers were wounded in the arms and head by the sharp weapons", Sunarto told Detik.

"Four have been shot to death and one fled", said spokesman Setyo Wasisto.

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

A footage showed that a man lying on the ground with a sword next to his body.




The perpetrators have not been identified or a motive determined.

On Monday, a suicide bomb attack outside a police building, carried out by one family and claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, killed at least 10 people.

The attack comes days after over two dozen people were killed in a series of terrorist strikes in Indonesia, including suicide bombings by a family of six in three churches on Sunday in the islands second largest city, Surabaya.

"Then four of the men got out from the auto and attacked police".

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

After some major successes tackling Islamist militancy since 2001, Indonesia has seen a resurgence in recent years, including in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in the capital, Jakarta.

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