Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

1 dead, 3 injured in sword attack in Indonesia

1 dead, 3 injured in sword attack in Indonesia

One policeman was killed and 4 militants were shot dead in an attack on a police headquarters in Riau province of Indonesia on Wednesday, police said.

The group slammed a minivan into a gate at the station in Riau on Sumatra island and then attacked officers with samurai swords, according to the country's national police.

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

The latest attack happens after a series of incidents in East Java - Surabaya Police headquarters bombing on Monday, three Surabaya church bombings on Sunday morning and an accidentally blast inside a low-priced apartment in Sidoarjo on Sunday night.

The string of attacks comes as Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, welcomes the first day of Ramadan.


Media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police did not immediately confirm the reports.

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

But on Sunday, a family of six - including girls aged nine and 12 - staged suicide bombings of three churches during morning services in Surabaya, killing 13.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The National Police's elite antiterrorism squad, Detachment 88, has captured several suspected terrorists in East Java, North Sumatra and South Sumatra following the incidents in Surabaya and Sidoarjo. Two police officers and one local journalist were also injured in the attack.

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