Five dead in attack on Indonesian police headquarters

Five dead in attack on Indonesian police headquarters

Five dead in attack on Indonesian police headquarters

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

"Four of them got out of the vehicle and tried to fight a group of police with samurai swords", Nandan, who uses only one name, said in a live interview with local television station TV One. Another man was arrested and four others were suspected to have fled the scene, it said.

TV footage showed one man lying on the ground with a long sword next to his body.

The latest incident comes after an attack on the Surabaya Police headquarters in East Java on Monday morning and three church bombings in the city on Sunday.


Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks. Media were at the station to cover a press conference about a drug bust when the attack happened.

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

Indonesia's elite anti-terror force Densus 88 has responded with a series of raids in which several suspected militants have been shot dead - including the second-ranking member of the local chapter of extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), believed responsible for the attacks. A suicide bombing was also reported at the city's police headquarters on Monday when bike-borne attackers blew themselves up at the checkpoint to the precinct.

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