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Officer and four attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Officer and four attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Indonesian police shot dead three men on Wednesday after one attacked them with a samurai sword, wounding two officers, at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, an internal police report said.

The attack is the latest in a spate of attacks in the country.

The attack comes days after a series of terrorist strikes in the country, including suicide bombings in three churches on Sunday in Surabaya city, the provincial capital of East Java and a suicide bombing at the police headquarters in the city, which left at least 25 people dead and dozens of others injured. "One of them is being checked by a bomb squad", he was quoted by Kompas TV as saying, referring to a suspected bomb strapped to the militant's body.

Authorities in Indonesia say a police outpost on Sumatra Island was attacked Wednesday.

Separately, Sunarto said police are still searching for more attackers.




Police shot a militant and arrested at least 13 others in a series of raids following the Surabaya attack.

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

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.

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


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