Four men attack Sumatra police station with samurai sword

  • Four men attack Sumatra police station with samurai sword

Four men attack Sumatra police station with samurai sword

Indonesian authorities said Wednesday they shot and killed three "alleged terrorists" who staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and several wounded, the local police chief said.

The assault in the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island - also claimed by IS - saw a group ram their minivan into a gate at the station and then attack officers, police said. A fifth tried to escape, running the vehicle over a police officer, who died, and injuring two others.

Australian news website reports that more than one reporter, attending an unrelated news conference, were hurt.

Wednesday's incident comes after two families, including kids as young as 7, carried out suicide bombings Sunday and Monday in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city - killing 26 people, including 13 attackers.

The 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 terror suspects.

The family of six that bombed three churches and the family of five that subsequently bombed a police station are believed to have been members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a radical Islamic terror group directly affiliated with ISIS.

Police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said the militants fired rampant shots at the police building located on Sudirman street in Pekanbaru, the Riau provincial capital at 9 am Jakarta time (0200 GMT).

"They were better organised.and suggests a higher level of capacity than what we have seen in recent years", said Sidney Jones, director of Jakarta-based Institute of Policy Analysis for Conflict.

The attackers had used two motorcycles with explosive bombs.

Police have been frequent targets of mostly low-level attacks by local militants, including a 2017 suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta that killed three officers.