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

16 May, 2018, 15:05 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Militant shot dead in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Riau province

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

In addition to the two injured cops, one police officer killed after getting hit by suspected terrorists' vehicle, one journalist injured, four perpetrators killed while at least one is on the run. "People wearing masks alighted from a van and stabbed a police officer nearby", Doddy said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Earlier, an internal police report said one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body.

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

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Police have been frequent targets of mostly low level attacks by local militants, including a 2017 suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta that killed three police officers.

No group has taken responsibility so far.

While the police managed to shoot four of the attackers, the remaining five escaped said the police chief of Riau.

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.

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The families have been linked to the local chapter of Indonesian extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which police said was behind the attacks.

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

They followed a deadly prison riot staged by Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail near Jakarta last week.

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