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

16 May, 2018, 15:01 | Author: Bert Pena
  • BREAKING: Riau Police HQ attacked by four men

The four men used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.

"Three officers were injured and one later died in hospital", said local police chief Nandang, who goes by one name. "Suddenly people wearing masks got out and stabbed police officers at the scene", said Doddy Vladimir, Tribun Pekanbaru reporter.

Earlier, an internal police report said one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body. Police shot and killed the four suspected terrorists, he added.

The attacks have put Indonesia on edge - and sparked a string of foreign government travel advisories - as the world's biggest Muslim-majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday.

The spate of attacks by militants left at least 28 people dead with dozens more injured. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

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He said the men had driven their auto into the police yard before getting out to stage the attack.

Indonesia's security forces have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown that smashed some networks, and most recent attacks have been low-level and targeted domestic security forces.

According to reports from journalists at the scene, who were covering another story right before the attack, a white Toyota Avanza smashed into the outer fence of the police headquarters.

The church bombing family were in the same religious study group as the two other families linked to the attacks, police said. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said.

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

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