Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Riau Police HQ Attacked by Unidentified Men

Militant shot dead in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Riau province Travel Warning: Another Terror Attack in Indonesia
Gerardo Duncan | 16 May, 2018, 15:02

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 group began the assault by ramming a vehicle into the police headquarters in the town of Pekanbaru in Riau province.

Local journalist Doddy Vladimir, who was at scene of the attack, said he saw a white Toyota Avanza van hit the headquarter's fence at around 9am (02:00 GMT).

Police said they shot dead four of the police station attackers and later arrested another who had fled.

The attack follows a prison riot in Jakarta, suicide bombings in three churches in Surabaya city, the provincial capital of East Java.

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.

All six bombers died, including the mother who was Indonesia's first known female suicide bomber. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said.

On Monday, a suicide bomb attack outside a police building, carried out by one family and claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, killed at least 10 people.

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

Police suspected Sunday's attacks on the churches were carried out by a cell of the ISIL-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

The church and earlier police station attacks were likely motivated by the arrest of JAD leaders, authorities said.

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