Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Militant shot dead in attack on police headquarters in Indonesia's Riau province

Militant shot dead in attack on police headquarters in Indonesia's Riau province

Indonesian police have shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer, the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country.

The group slammed a minivan into a gate and then attacked officers with swords.

"Three officers were injured and one later died in hospital", said local police chief Nandang, who goes by one name.

Riau Provincial Police Spokesperson AKBP Sunarto said two police officers were injured.

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.

The exact number of attackers is unknown as of now, however, according to several media reports available at the moment, one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body, another man was arrested and four others were suspected to have fled the scene.

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In a message carried on its Amaq news agency, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Surabaya.

Last year, a suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta killed three police officers.

The attack follows a prison riot in Jakarta, suicide bombings in three churches in Surabaya city, the provincial capital of East Java.

The next day, members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in the city, wounding 10.

It was not clear if Wednesday's attack was linked to the earlier incidents.

The radical group supports ISIS, whose ambitions have been reined in after losing most of the land it once occupied in Iraq and Syria.

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