Four killed in latest Indonesia 'terror' assault

Hugh Fox
May 16, 2018

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

"Four masked men rushed out of the vehicle and attacked the officers using swords", national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto told reporters in Jakarta.

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. Another man was arrested and four others were suspected to have fled the scene, it said.

The attacks are the worst in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country since the bombing of tourist-packed restaurants in Bali in 2005.

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that at least three men had attacked the Riau Police headquarters.

It comes after a series of suicide attacks carried out by families that have shocked the country.

Doddy said the police shot and killed both perpetrators.

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.

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On Monday members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in Surabaya, wounding 10.

"They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week", said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin, adding that police were pursuing the teacher for questioning.

The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed the attack via its news outlet.

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

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Police blame a local IS-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), for the attacks in the city of Surabaya.

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