Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Officer and four attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Officer and four attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Three militants were killed and one injured when eight terrorists attacked a police headquarters in Indonesia's Riau province on Wednesday, police said.

The latest assault in Pekanbaru on the island of Sumatra saw a group ram a minivan into a gate at the station and then attack officers with samurai swords, according to the country's national police.

Suddenly the militants exited the auto and immediately stage strikes with swords against policemen, provincial police spokesman Sunarto said.

One of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body, the report said.

Tourists and Visitors should think twice before traveling to Indonesia, especially Bali as a wave of terror attacks have swept the country.

No group has yet taken responsibility for Wednesday's attack.

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The Chief Minister directed the District Collector to deploy special teams to rescue the victims, a release said. Chandrababu Naidu also took to the micro-blogging site and called the incident "highly painful".

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

Police shot a militant and arrested at least 13 others in a series of raids following the Surabaya attack. On Sunday a radicalized family carried out three suicide bombings on Christian churches in the East Java city of Surabaya, claiming ten lives and injuring over 40 other people.

State news wires Antara said that two journalists who were at the headquarters were also wounded.

Wasisto said the driver has been apprehended and was now being detained at Riau Police Precinct.

This week's bloody violence is putting pressure on lawmakers to pass a stalled security law that would give police more power to take pre-emptive action against people suspected of planning terror attacks.

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