3 dead, 1 injured in sword attack on Indonesia police headquarters

Hannah Rogers
May 16, 2018

Four men armed with samurai swords and firearms have attacked a police station in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing one officer and wounding two others before being shot dead by security forces.

"Four masked men rushed out of the vehicle and attacked the officers using swords", national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto told reporters in Jakarta.

Last year, a suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta killed three police officers.

Earlier, an internal police report said one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body. The fifth suspect who fled was was later arrested, he added. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

While the police managed to shoot four of the attackers, the remaining five escaped said the police chief of Riau.

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The attack comes as the Southeast Asian nation has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks on churches and a police station, involving multiple suicide bombings carried out by families, including young children.

Tribunnews.com reported a TV journalist, not yet identified at the time of writing, suffered some wounds because he was near the fences for a news release on drugs at the police headquarters.

Police suspect they were carried out by a cell of the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an umbrella organisation on a US State Department terrorist list that has allegedly drawn hundreds of Indonesian sympathisers of Islamic State.

Doddy said the police shot and killed both perpetrators.

The radical group supports Islamic State, whose ambitions have been reined in after losing most of the land it once occupied in Iraq and Syria.

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