Indonesia violence: Samurai sword-armed men target police station

Indonesia violence: Samurai sword-armed men target police station

Indonesia violence: Samurai sword-armed men target police station

The four men used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.

Previously Police chief of Riau province Inspector General Nandang said that a total of eight militants with a white minivan staged the attacks.

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. The fifth suspect who fled was was later arrested, he added.

Indonesian policemen examine a auto used by attackers outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau.

The spate of attacks by militants left at least 28 people dead with dozens more injured.

But the attack comes after a series of suicide bombings by Islamist militants targeting churches and a police building in Indonesia's second-biggest of city of Surabaya over the past few days.

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Television footage appeared to show a person on a motorcycle driving into the grounds of a church before a bomb was detonated. The three families are believed to members of the pro-Isis Indonesian militant group, Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Doddy said the police shot and killed both perpetrators.

All six bombers were killed, including the mother who was Indonesia's first known female suicide bomber.

In a message carried on its Amaq news agency, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Surabaya.

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

The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups are becoming more proficient, and it stirs concerns about an uptick in radicalism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside IS in the Middle East return home.

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

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