Four killed in latest Indonesia 'terror' assault

16 May, 2018, 15:03 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • A security vehicle drives along a road after an attack at the Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru Sumatra

At least four men were shot and killed by police officers after they tried to attack a police station in Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia's Riau province, on May 16, according to Indonesian news website Detik.

Two police officers and one local journalist were also injured in the attack.

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

According to Channel NewsAsia, at least one of the attackers was wielding a sword and wounded two officers, while another allegedly had a bomb strapped to his body.

"The one who escaped has been captured and secured at Pekanbaru police station", Wasisto said.

This was the second attack on a police premise in the country since Monday.

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It is said to be the deadliest since the 2002 Bali attack. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

In the ensuing chaos, at least two suspected terrorists, both wearing balaclavas, were spotted getting out of the auto wielding sharp weapons and attacking police officers.

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.

All six bombers were killed, including the mother who was Indonesia's first known female suicide bomber.

The police shot two of them, Doddy said. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said.

The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups were becoming more proficient, and stirs concerns about an uptick in extremism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside Islamic State in the Middle East return home.

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