Officer, four attackers wielding swords dead in Indonesia police station assault
16 May, 2018, 10:30
Police remove the bodies of attackers who were shot and killed at the entrance of a police station in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, Wednesday in this photo taken by Antara Foto.
Indonesia - which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months and an IMF-World Bank meeting in Bali in October - has long struggled with Islamist militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed over 200 people - mostly foreign tourists - in the country's worst-ever terror attack.
The Riau Police succeeded on Wednesday in stopping an attempted terrorist attack on their headquarters in Pekanbaru, the National Police have announced.
The Sunday attacks were followed by another suicide bombing involving a family, this time on a Surabaya police station.
Media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police did not immediately confirm the reports.
The police earlier disclosed that 8 militants with a white minivan launched the attacks.
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The latest incident comes after an attack on the Surabaya Police headquarters in East Java on Monday morning and three church bombings in the city on Sunday.
"Three officers were injured and one later died in hospital", said local police chief Nandang, who goes by one name.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks. A journalist who was at Riau police station at the moment of the incident was also injured as he was hit by a vehicle, according to Reuters.
They are now pursuing a militant who had escaped.
"Four suspects were killed by police personnel during the attack".
Authorities initially believed a vehicle had crashed into the side of the structure but later said that was not the case. Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene Tuesday night.
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